Delhi’s 2023 budget proposes to use more electric vehicles to bolster the national capital’s public transport system. Apart from increasing the number of electric buses operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), the state government is now planning to introduce a ‘mohalla bus’ service scheme as a last mile mobility solution.Delhi Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot announces allocation over ¥On Wednesday, March 22, the budget for transportation, roads and bridges was $93.37 billion.
The mohalla bus service, which will be operated by electric buses, will help commuters stay connected with all major metro and bus stations in Delhi, as well as shopping malls and other commercial complexes across the city. These buses will be smaller in size, around 9 meters in length. Delhi plans to roll out at least 100 of these electric Mohala buses next year and plans to increase the number to more than 2,000 in the next three years. Gahlot said: “These buses will travel on more than 600 bus routes in Delhi. Of these, 300 will be electric buses and their number will reach 1,900 by the end of this year (1,800 12m buses and 100 9m long bus), reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by about 107,000 tons.”
Apart from the mohalla bus service, the Delhi government also wants to increase its fleet of electric buses for regular public transport. Delhi currently has the largest fleet of electric public transport, with more than 7,000 electric buses criss-crossing the city every day. Delhi plans to increase its fleet of electric buses to 10,480 by 2025. “By 2025, 80% of Delhi’s bus fleet, or 8,280 buses, will be electric, making it one of the largest of any city in the world. As a result, around 4.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided annually,” Gahlot said .This could cost Delhi govt ¥It will reach 285.56 billion in the next 12 years.
The upcoming new electric buses will be equipped with features such as GPS, CCTV cameras and panic buttons to ensure the safety of commuters, especially women. These functions will be linked to a central command and control center at Kashmere Gate for real-time response and monitoring.
The government also plans to increase electric vehicle infrastructure for public transport by updating the grid, mapping high-voltage power lines and installing substations at every bus stop. This will help create fast EV charging stations for electric buses. “We have started electrification of all 57 bus stations in Delhi. Of these, three stations have already been electrified and 17 bus stations will be electrified by June 2023. All 57 bus stations will be electrified by December 2023. Electrification by the end of the month,” Ghalot said.Overall, the government will spend approximately ¥15 million for the electrification of bus stations.
First published date: March 23, 2023 at 08:53 AM CST