If all goes according to the plan, the eco-friendly electric buses will soon hit roads in the summer capital.
A formal request in this regard has been made by Farooq Ahmad Lone, chief executive officer, Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) to managing director, SRTC to submit detailed project report regarding the proposal.
The proposal has been made under the pan-city projects in urban mobility component of the Srinagar Smart City. "The introduction of electric buses has been approved as convergence project between SRTC and SSCL for which provision of Rs 19.88 crores has been proposed under the Smart City funding for the purpose spread over a period of two years," PRO SSCL Muhammad Azhar said in a statement.
He said the electric buses are expected to ply on city roads soon as electric buses will be introduced as an electrification of passenger transportation.
"The electric buses are being promoted to reduce the levels of air pollution caused due to the conventional buses," he said.
Electric buses are battery driven which are electrically charged at designated charging stations. These also offer zero-emission, quiet operation and better acceleration compared to the traditional buses. With energy consumption of about 1.2 kWh/Km the cost of operation of these buses is also low compared to the traditional diesel or CNG run buses, he added .