In a bid to save the environment from reducing carbon emission, the state transport department has decided to introduce electric buses in Himachal Pradesh and 500 electric buses would be brought in the first phase.
Heavy pollution caused by vehicles, especially in tourist places like Manali and Rohtang Pass, has left the National Green Tribunal (NGT) fuming. To save the Himalayas from carbon emission, NGT has already directed the state government to restrict the number of vehicles to Rohtang Pass and to introduce CNG buses.
This is for the first time that the transport department has taken the revolutionary decision of introducing electric buses to ensure zero carbon emission. Considering the tough geographical location of the state, these electric buses would be first introduced in lower areas of state.
Confirming the development, Himachal Pradesh transport minister G S Bali said that electric buses are being introduced with the sole purpose of saving the environment. He said that funding for these environment-friendly buses would be sought from the Union government.
“Carbon emission by petrol and diesel vehicles has posed a serious threat to the glaciers and fragile Himalayan ecology. Introduction of electric buses would help in saving the environment,” said the minister.
He said that a consultant has already been appointed and a detailed project report is being prepared. He said that the Union government has already made provision for electric buses in its budget. “As these buses would operated on battery and motor, they would be environment friendly. This is the first time that a hill state has turned towards electric buses for public mode of transportation,” he added.
Bali said that in the beginning these buses would be introduced in the plains areas like Una district and later, based on their success, they would be introduced in other suitable areas. He said that feasibility of their operation in the state would be checked. “We have decided to introduce 500 electric buses in the pilot project,” he added.