Safety-enhanced e-buses to have 20% fare increase over standard buses

SRINAGAR, NOV 02: The e-buses launched by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha that come with heating and cooling amenities will be priced approximately 20 percent higher than standard bus fares, say officials.
On Wednesday, Manoj Sinha inaugurated the Srinagar Electric Bus Project by launching 100 electric buses. The e-buses will operate on 15 intra-city and two inter-city routes, covering at least 200 km per day.
Talking to Morning Kashmir, General Manager of Planning and Urban Development at Srinagar Smart City Anooj Kumar said e-buses have more special features than normal buses.
“These e-buses are well equipped with heating and cooling facilities. These are far more comfortable than normal buses. These buses will be priced approximately 20 percent higher than standard bus fares,” he added.
Tata Motors has delivered the first batch of Ultra EV air-conditioned electric buses to Srinagar Smart City Limited. This supply marks the beginning of a broader agreement to provide and operate 100 electric buses in Srinagar and another 100 in Jammu over a span of 12 years for the Jammu and Srinagar Smart City projects.
“We have not purchased these buses but Tata is providing us the services. All drivers will be locals. We have also asked them to hire female drivers,” he said.
He said these buses will ply from 6 AM to 11 PM. “These buses have all safety measures in place. Additionally, these buses are equipped with ramps to accommodate wheelchairs, making them accessible for passengers with mobility needs,” he mentioned.
Passengers can conveniently use a dedicated mobile app and online ticket payment facility for booking bus tickets. All buses are connected to the integrated command and control centre of Srinagar Smart City.
Manoj Sinha has congratulated the Srinagar Smart City Limited and the residents of the city and adjoining districts. “Smart mobility to optimize transportation services for harmonious balance with ecology is our top priority,” LG said. Sinha said the addition of 100 e-buses is a big leap to achieve carbon neutrality as per the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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