Delhi government floats tenders for 375 e-buses under two clusters, Auto News, ET Auto

Delhi government floats tenders for 375 e-buses under two clusters, Auto News, ET Auto

NEW DELHI: Delhi government on Sunday floated global tenders for engagement of 375 electric buses under two clusters. This is the first phase of the total 1,000 buses the government plans to induct and the first batch is expected to hit the streets by the end of this year.

“Keeping its commitment to fighting pollution and moving towards clean fuel technology, AAP government releases global tenders for engagement of 375 electric buses in Delhi. This is the 1st phase of procurement of 1,000 e-buses,” state transport minister Kailash Gahlot tweeted on Sunday.

On March 2, Delhi cabinet had approved the engagement of 1,000 low floor air-conditioned electric buses.

Delhi government had said that with the induction of these buses, Delhi will have more electric buses than all other cities of India put together and the highest number of electric buses in any city of the world after China.

The phase-wise engagement of 1,000 AC low floor electric buses will be under Gross Cost Model of contracting.

The buses will be equipped with CCTV cameras, Automatic Vehicle Tracking System (AVTS), panic buttons and panic alarms, as per the specification finalised by the transport department.

These 1,000 buses will be parked and charged overnight at six depots at East Vinod Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Rohini, Burari, Mudhela Kalan and Bamnauli, which will be called ‘parent depots’. The responsibility to provide charging infrastructure in the parent depots will be shared by Delhi government and the concessionaire. The arrangements to provide power infrastructure at intermediate charging points along bus routes, which will be called ‘host depots’, will be the responsibility of the concessionaires.

The bidders can choose between any of the operational models for running the buses — overnight charging only at parent depots (option A) or overnight charging and opportunity charging during the day at host depots (option B).

A subsidy of up to Rs 75 lakh per bus or 60% cost of the bus, whichever is lesser, shall be provided in three instalments and as per the modalities in FAME-I scheme along with the safeguards as prescribed by Delhi government.

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