Environment Minister Manas Bhunia announced that the West Bengal government will replace the current fleet of buses with 1,200 electric buses in various stages to reduce pollution and carbon emissions. Hakim announced that Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will allow him to add 10 electric buses to his Transport Bhavan in Kasba State Vehicles next month. Having issued 10 electric buses, he PMI Electromobility Solutions plans to supply 50 electric buses. The state will receive the remaining 40 in the coming months.
According to a recent agreement with companies that provide electric buses, the government will pay them a monthly fee to operate and maintain the buses and to recruit drivers. The government determines the fares and provides a conductor who sends daily receipts to West Bengal Transport Corporation. Electro Mobility Solutions has previously delivered electric buses to Surat, Bhubaneswar, Indore, Goa, Bhubaneswar and others..1,200 buses provided by CESL, 400 (the remaining 50 will be supplied by his PMI) will be in service by the end of this year and the rest by next year, according to transport ministry officials, i.e CESL, a public enterprise of the central government, has placed bids for more than 5,000 electric buses in five cities. Delhi, Surat, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Indore, Hyderabad. Tata Motors won him the contract in April. By using alternative energy buses and eliminating fossil fuels, he plans to reduce air pollution by nearly 66%…” Hakim explains. “Our goal is to be fossil fuel free by 2030. We are also begging private bus companies to be patient and we are planning something for them.”