E vehicle package II
Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had announced to purchase 1,100 electric buses but the city has so far got only 50 electric buses. According to AMC officials, it has been decided not to procure the remaining buses in view of the fund crunch because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In December 2018, AMC had purchased 50-odd electric buses. Since then, there has been no purchases of the buses. The officials defended the AMC move by saying that the buses were to be purchased over the period of five years.
“In 2019-20, the civic body had decided to install electric charging points to promote electric vehicles. Tenders were also issued for the same. However, they have not come up at designated spots such as multi-level parking lots in Navrangpura, Maninagar, Relief Road, Prahladnagar and Sabarmati Riverfront,” said another official, adding that the ambitious project is aimed at charging 400 cars and 600 two-wheelers.
“Even for buses, the charging facility is currently at depots. The vehicles can’t be charged on their way,” added the official.