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:
- Segment A– Augmenting 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.
- Segment B– Green 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