Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation has plans to introduce electric bus service in the State with the ghat road connecting Tirupati and Tirumala.
APSRTC plans to start operations with 50. The buses are manufactured by the Hyderabad based Goldstone Infratech Limited. APSRTC Vice-Chairman and MD M.Malakondaiah said ‘ we plan to run 50 mini e-buses on the Tirumala Ghat road. These buses have been tested at Rohatang and are suitable for the Tirumala route. We have written to the Central government and awaiting response’.
The e-buses will reduce pollution and the State government is concerned about the Centre’s subsidy for the project. Sources said that an e-bus cost about Rs.3 crore while the Central subsidy would be around Rs.85 lakh per bus. The State government would have to bear the cost of the gap if it goes ahead with the transition to e-vehicles.