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Jaipur to introduce green buses soon

JAIPUR: To promote green technology and attract passengers to make use of public transport, the Jaipur City Transport Service limited (JCTSL) will soon introduce articulated (double buses) and hybrid (battery operated) buses in the city.

According to officials, a total of four buses, including two articulated and two hybrid buses, will be procured in the new fleet of JCTSL. Recently, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission ( 
JNNURM) has sanctioned 286 buses for the city.

JCTSL managing director Shuchi Sharma said, "We have invited the tenders to purchase these buses. The pre-bid meeting is on December 23 and work orders will be issued soon. These buses will be included in the fleet of 286 buses."

Officials said the Union ministry of urban development has made directions to promote these buses as they will be environmental friendly and have replicate the metro experience in the bus transport sector. "One articulate bus can carry nearly 150 passengers. It has a single-deck design and comprises two rigid sections linked by a pivoting joint. If two buses are running together on a route it will save fuel and staff among others," an official said.

Similarly, the new hybrid buses (battery operated) are been experimented and it is expected to reduce pollution. These buses can cover about 200 km after the batteries are charged fully.

Explaining the technique, an official said, "These buses are not fully battery operated. They run 70% on diesel and 30% on battery. The battery gets charged while the engine is running on diesel. Once the battery is charged, it automatically switches to the battery mode from diesel mode and vice-versa when it is exhausted.

As these buses are new, trained drivers will also be hired and special routes will be fixed for these buses. "Since articulated buses are double the size of a typical bus and need more road space and better road geometry for maneuvering, hence, special routes will be decided for these vehicles on which they can run," an official added.

Sources in the department claimed that the approximate cost of these buses would be around Rs 1.5 crore. However, actual price can only be learnt after the tender procedure.

The Times of India (19-12-2013)