After the Metro, ethanol buses and e-taxis, Nagpur is all set to get electric buses.
Reportedly, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has received a proposal from taxi aggregator Ola to launch an electric bus service in Nagpur.
Ola has submitted a 2-page proposal to NMC which states, that the project will be launched in association with Nagpur Municipal Corporation.
The app-based aggregator proposes to operate one 32-seater bus between Nagpur airport and Wardhaman Nagar via Sitabuldi. It has already approached Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL), seeking permission to set up two charging centres — one each at Nagpur airport and another at Wardhaman Nagar.
A source from the NMC's Transport Department quoted,
"NMC has asked Ola to approach State Transport Authority (STA) and clear the process of permissions under Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Act,"
City RTO Sharad Jichkar confirmed that an inquiry has come up and they have asked the operator to approach the STA in Mumbai. The RTO has only given conditional approval to operate 20 electric operated taxis within city limits on pilot basis for three months, he told.
According to a source,
The aggregator is all set to operate electric taxis this month. For smooth operation of electric run taxis, Ola needs charging points. It has planned over two dozen charging centres in the city and the work on these centres is underway in full swing.
The charging centres will come up at places like Nagpur Airport (on Wardha Road), Wardhaman Nagar, Kamptee Road, Koradi Road, Gorewada Road, Central Avenue etc.
Information source: timesofindia
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