Himachal govt

In a move to bolster the public transport system in the state, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced that his government is planning on purchasing the electric buses adding that Rs 517 crore has been allocated for this purpose.

In this regard, Chief Minister Sukhu chaired a meeting of the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) on Tuesday. He also announced that 25 new Volvo buses and 50 tempo travelers will be procured to strengthen the fleet.

“Apart from this, plans are underway to introduce electric buses, with a substantial budget of Rs 517 crore allocated for their purchase in the current financial year,” CM Sukhu said.

Emphasising the need for strengthening public transport, Chief Minister Sukhu said that his government has committed to supporting HRTC financially with a budget of Rs 63 crore per month.

Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, Principal Secretary Transport RD Nazeem, Secretary to the Chief Minister Rakesh Kanwar, Managing Director HRTC Rohan Chand Thakur, and OSD to the Chief Minister Gopal Sharma were also present at the meeting.

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According to the government’s data, the share of Electric Vehicles in total vehicle sales (as of mid-Nov 2023), is below 1 per cent. The government has set a target of achieving a 30 per cent share of EVs in overall vehicle sales by 2030.

The targets set by NITI Aayog include 30 per cent of private cars, 70 per cent of commercial cars, 70 per cent of buses, and 100 per cent of two and three-wheelers by 2030.


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