Union requests for details of electric bus pilot project to be made public

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Union requests for details of electric bus pilot project to be made public

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 | PNS | DEHRADUN

In a letter to the Garhwal Commissioner, the president of Mahanagar City Bus Sewa Union requested for the details regarding the operation of electric buses between Dehradun and Mussoorie, stating that the transport department should publicise the details about the pilot project in public domain, so that private operators can also understand the merits of buying electric buses.

The president of the union, Vijay Vardhan Dandriyal, said that for the operation of electric buses, the district still lacks proper infrastructure. The Uttarakhand Transport Department should tell the general public about the profits they made by operating these electric buses from Dehradun to Mussoorie for one month. If the profits are good, private operators will also get attracted towards buying electric buses. He claimed that the department has not done proper study of the project, as to make sure that the project will be beneficial for the private operators or not.

He further said that transport department is planning to stop the operation of diesel vehicles and allow permit to only CNG vehicles, which is again a non-committed plan as the district still does not have appropriate infrastructure for the same. He requested that without proper infrastructure, such decisions should not be implemented, as the decisions will affect transport employees financially.

Dandriyal also raised his concern about the rumour of Regional Transport Authority (RTA) planning to prohibit all vehicles which are 10 or more years older from operating. He stated that without giving enough time for the vehicle owners the decision will lead to financial crisis for many families.

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