Union Minister Anurag Thakur said in a press conference that the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the “PM-eBus service” to increase green mobility in several cities. The scheme will increase city bus operations, giving priority to cities that do not have any organized bus service.

10,000 e-buses will be deployed on public-private partnership (PPP) model in 169 cities. Thakur said infrastructure in 181 cities would be upgraded under the Green Urban Mobility initiative, reported PTI.

The total estimated cost of the scheme has been pegged at Rs 57,613 crore, of which Rs 20,000 crore will be supported by the Centre.

“The PM e-bus service has been approved. It will cost Rs 57,613 crore. Around 10,000 new electric buses will be provided across the country,” he said.

The scheme will support bus operations for 10 years.

This is expected to generate 45,000 to 55,000 direct jobs.

The scheme will cover cities with a population of 300,000 or more. Apart from this, all the capitals of Union Territories, hilly states and North-East region will be covered under this scheme.

The Center will also create electricity infrastructure behind the meters for e-buses.

first published: 16 August 2023 | 3:44 pm First

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