PMPML to float tender for 500 electric, air-conditioned buses
In an attempt to boost green mobility, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) will be adding 500 electric, air-conditioned regular sized (12m) buses in the near future.Siddharth Shirole, director of PMPML, announced it on Friday, along with other development plans for PMPML.
“We have scheduled a meeting on May 9 where the process of bidding will be decided. We are planning to finish the process in two months and are expecting bids from China, Korea and some big companies from India. The total cost of the infrastructure and buses will be around ₹550 crores. Our plan is to introduce a new lot of 50 buses every month. The buses will be operated by private contractors but the rate will be cheaper than the prevailing ones,” he said.
Shirole said that the transport body will also buy as many as 400 new CNG operated buses. These buses will be owned by PMPML. The process for acquisition of the new CNG buses will also commence soon.Shirole also said that apart from this, there’s a plan to buy 1,000 e-rickshaws which will be used for last mile connectivity.
“These e-rickshaws will be operated by PMPML. The MiCard issued by PMPML can be used to pay for the services of the rickshaws. It will soon be finalised,” said Shirole.
While tenders for the 550 new e-buses is likely to be floated in 10 days, opposition parties in Pune Municipal Corporation have demanded a trial run for 90 days
Chetan Tupe, opposition leader in PMC, said, “Authorities should take some buses from e-bus manufacturing companies for 90 days and start a trial run of these buses.” The Pune Smart City Company is likely to build the charging station required for the electric buses.