80% of Delhi's bus fleet will run on electric by 2025: Kejriwal
80% of Delhi's bus fleet will run on electric by 2025: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: By 2025, 80 percent of Delhi's bus fleet would be electric, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, adding that the acquisition of e-buses will go a long way in cutting pollution in New Delhi.

Sharing a roadmap for procurement of electric buses, the Chief Minister said the government will be procuring 1,500 such kinds of buses in 2023 and by 2025, 6,380 electric buses.

We currently have 300 electric buses. The number of buses now operating on Delhi's roadways is 7,379, which is a record high for the city's highways over the previous 75 years. When 50 electric buses were being flagged off at a ceremony at the Rajghat Depot, he observed, "New buses had not been acquired for many years, and we had also been questioned over it. According to him, out of the 7,379 buses, more than 4,000 are run by the Delhi Transport Corporation and more than 3,000 by the DIMTS. 

Kejriwal also mentioned that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation ran around 100 electric feeder buses. He added that the Delhi government is now in charge of the corporation's bus fleet because it was unable to operate them.

By 2025, there will be approximately 10,000 buses on Delhi's roads, with 80% of them being electric. This is a significant step toward lowering pollution, he added. In addition, the chief minister stated that three depots have already been equipped with e-bus charging stations. "The task of electrifying 17 bus depots will be completed by June this year, and by December, 36 bus depots would be electrified." The electric buses come with amenities like cameras, GPS, and panic buttons, he added.

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