PM-eBus Sewa

Recently, the Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, has approved a bus scheme “PM-eBus Sewa” for augmenting city bus operation by 10,000 e-buses on the PPP model.

Key Highlights Of The Scheme:

  • Objective: The scheme aims to introduce 10,000 electric buses (e-buses) in city bus services across India and enhance urban infrastructure for green mobility.
  • Cost and Support of the Scheme: The Scheme would have an estimated cost of Rs.57,613 crore, out of which support of Rs.20,000 crore will be provided by the Central government.
  • Duration: The Scheme will support bus operations for 10 years.
  • Reaching the Unreached:
    • The scheme will cover cities of three lakh and above population as per census 2011.
    • It will include all the Capital cities of Union Territories, North Eastern Region, and Hill States. Under this scheme, priority will be given to cities having no organized bus service.
  • Employment Generation: The scheme will generate 45,000 to 55,000 direct jobs through deployment of around 10,000 buses in the city bus operation.
  • The Scheme has two segments:
    1. Segment AAugmenting the City bus services:(169 cities)
      • The approved bus scheme will augment city bus operations with 10,000 e-buses on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
    2. Segment BGreen Urban Mobility Initiatives (GUMI): (181 cities)
      • The scheme envisages green initiatives like bus priority, infrastructure, multimodal interchange facilities, NCMC (National Common Mobility Card) based Automated Fare Collection Systems, Charging infrastructure, etc

Support For Operation:

  • Under the scheme, States/Cities shall be responsible for running the bus services and making payments to the bus operators.
  • The Central Government will support these bus operations by providing subsidies to the extent specified in the proposed scheme.

Boost to E-Mobility:

  • The scheme will promote e-mobility and provide full support for behind-the-meter power infrastructure.
  • Cities will also be supported for the development of charging infrastructure under Green Urban Mobility Initiatives.
Other Schemes of Government for Green Mobility:

  • NTPC’s hydrogen-based FCEV project
  • FAME India and FAME II schemes for EV incentives
  • Promotion of green hydrogen and FCEVs like Toyota Mirai
  • Participation in the global EV30@30 campaign
  • Roadmap for 20% ethanol blending by 2025
  • Amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels, 2018