After CNG, govt now mulls electric buses at Rohtang
After the National Green Tribunal extended the ban on diesel run tourist vehicles on the Leh-Manali road, the state transport department is deliberating on alternative modes of pollution-free transport in view of difficulties in ensuring CNG gas supply in Kullu.
The government had earlier contemplated the option of operating CNG buses from Manali to the Rohtang Pass to comply with the tribunal’s order, but availability of CNG remains a big stumbling block.
The transport department is also considering the viability of running electric powered vehicles on the Manali-Rohtang stretch of the road and is in communication with companies interested to supply electric buses.
“Buses that are too small or too large are of no use so we are looking for an alternative,” transport minister GS Bali said.
“Sustained supplies of CNG are a big issue and, if resolved, there would be no problem in plying CNG buses. Keeping the refuelling issue in mind, the department is also working on the feasibility of plying electric powered vehicles. We have requested major vehicle manufacturers to produce a few medium sized buses keeping the state’s topography in mind. The government has to also protect the interests of area residents as their livelihood will be affected by the National Green Tribunal’s decision,” Bali said.
He added an official meeting would be held with private manufacturers of electric buses next month. “Due to the increase in diesel prices, the state transport will have to bear additional fuel costs of around `15 crore a month,” he said.
Even though Mohali district rose by two spots from last year's ranking in the PSEB Class 10 exams, its pass percentage dropped from 99.91% to 99%. Last year, Mohali was placed 17th among the 23 districts. This year, it improved its standing to 15th, with Gurdaspur district bagging the top spot. As many as 9,401 students from 109 Mohali schools appeared in the exams and 9,307 passed.
A 32-year-old doctor allegedly ended his life by injecting himself with a paralytic drug used in anaesthesia at his rented accommodation in Phase 2 on Monday night. The doctor, who hailed from Rupnagar, was living alone in the rented house for the last three months and worked at a private hospital in Sector 34, Chandigarh. The autopsy will be conducted at the Phase-6 civil hospital on Wednesday.
A local court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Kalyani Singh, an accused in the murder of national-level shooter and lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh, alias Sippy Sidhu. Lodged in Model Jail, Sector 51, since June 21, Kalyani, 36, was produced in court via video conferencing. On Monday, she had applied for bail before a local court. Her plea will be taken up for hearing on July 8.
The UT administration's decision to appoint 33 medical officers (MOs) on deputation from Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, and none from Haryana has not gone down well with the Haryana government. Highlighting its displeasure through a letter, the Haryana government has urged the UT administration to maintain the 60:40 ratio between Punjab and Haryana while filling up the vacant posts of MOs and dental surgeons. Till then, Haryana had not sent any panel of doctors.
In a major decision, the Panjab University senate on Tuesday approved the proposed fee hike in its teaching departments, regional centres and affiliated colleges for the 2022-23 session. A 5% increase in fee will be implemented for students of the ongoing batches. The fee hike, however, was met with opposition by some senators. The fee hikes over the past years have never gone down well with students.