As many as 1,500 electric buses and the procurement of 75 CNG buses for inter-state services has been approved by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). The decision has resolved to extend an in-principle agreement to acquire 37 CNG-run AC and 38 non-AC standard floor buses for a similar purpose.

“With the induction of electric buses on such a large scale, augmentation of infrastructure and demand incentives to consumers, we don’t intend to leave any stone unturned in making Delhi the electric vehicle (EV) capital of the world,” Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot was quoted in a report by The Economic Times.

Under the Grand Challenge Scheme of Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), which falls under the FAME-II category, the DTC Board has already nodded for the procurement of 921 buses. The rest of the 529 buses that it has approved is under the non-FAME-II category, for which the Delhi government will be providing a subsidy of Rs 262 crore.

Further, the board has opted to allocate 10 separate sites to service providers in order to set up EV charging and battery swapping stations.

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