VCTSL to run 100 additional buses soon

  • | Wednesday | 27th September, 2023

Varanasi: Divisional commissioner (DC) Kaushal Raj Sharma on Tuesday said the Varanasi City Transport Services Limited (VCTSL) will soon run 100 additional buses on PPP model in view of the current stretch of the Ring Road.Chairing the 27th meeting of VCTSL, the DC also agreed with the suggestion of the VCTSL to run a bus for Kashi Darshan and directed officials concerned to do the necessary branding in this regard. The bus service will start from Cantt railway station in the morning. The VCTSL informed that currently, two electric buses are being operated from Varanasi Cantt to Sidhauna.We also published the following articles recentlyVizag-Varanasi direct train to operate soonThe railway ministry has approved the extension of the Sambalpur-Varanasi Express train up to Visakhapatnam, fulfilling a long-standing demand for a direct train between the two cities. The schedule for the train is yet to be announced. This extension will improve connectivity and benefit not only the Southern and Western districts of Odisha but also the North Andhra Region and interior districts of Chhattisgarh. It will provide easier access to important junctions such as Kashi, Ranchi, Rourkela, and Sambalpur. There are also plans to introduce new Vande Bharat Express trains from Ranchi to Varanasi and Puri.Hydrogen-run buses go on trial on Delhi roadsThe Indian capital, New Delhi, has begun a trial run of two hydrogen buses, marking the citys first step towards zero-emission public transport. The buses, procured by IndianOil Corporation from Tata Motors, will initially operate without passengers in the National Capital Region. The fleet size is set to increase to 15 by the end of the year, with plans to expand routes to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. IndianOil will supply fuel for the buses from a green hydrogen facility in Faridabad. Hydrogen is considered a key player in global decarbonisation efforts due to its water vapour emissions.MC plans 100 electric buses for city under central schemeLudhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, and Patiala in Punjab have been selected under the PM e-Bus Sewa scheme. Civic officials are now working on a proposal to acquire 100 electric buses for Ludhiana. They are compiling details about routes, bus fare, and charging station locations. Punjab State Power Corporation Limited will be engaged to install charging stations at bus depots. The proposal needs to be submitted quickly to avail the benefits of the scheme. The buses will be given to a private contractor for 10 years, and revenue will be divided between the contractor and the Municipal Corporation.

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