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Panel submits report on electric buses for APSRTC

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Committee suggests feasible ways to replace diesel-run buses in the RTC’s fleet

The State government has been advised to give priority to use of electric vehicles in the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation’s (APSRTC) fleet and to establish an Environmental Protection Fund and issue EV bonds to generate resources for the purpose.

An expert committee constituted to suggest feasible ways to replace the diesel-run buses with the eco-friendly vehicles in the RTC’s fleet submitted its report to Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday after a three-month study on the subject.

Solar power

The report said preference should be given for tapping solar power at the charging points by installing roof-top solar panels in and around the RTC complex. Priority should also be given to operation of only electric buses in Tirumala, and land should be allocated for setting up of charging stations at Tirumala and Alipiri.

Reverse tendering

The APSRTC could save a lot of money on fuel expenses by operating e-vehicles.

To procure electric buses, the government should adopt a reverse tendering process. A high-power committee should be constituted and it should meet once in three months to review the performance and progress of the vehicles, the report sugested.

Establishment of an e-Bus Business Development Division in the RTC and adequate resources to review gross cost contracts to avoid irregularities during the contract period has also been emphasised. Immediate measures to establish charging centres for the 350 e-Buses the State are needed to get under Centre’s FAME-2 programme.

Committee chairman C. Anjaneya Reddy, members and APSRTC Managing Director M.T. Krishna Babu comprised the team that met the Chief Minister.

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