With the rise of pollution, the Indian cities are moving towards sustainable means of transportation. Odisha is the latest addition to the list wherein recently Mr. Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of Science & Technology of Odisha declared in the assembly that the state is planning to initiate transportation via Electric Buses to reduce the Carbon Emission in the environment.
It is noteworthy that the commencement of these Electric Buses will be from the holy city of Puri. The aim of the government is to run these Electric Buses in the total area of 200 Kilometers covering the major cities of Odisha viz. Puri, Bhubaneshwar, and Cuttack.
The conventional fleet of buses is carbon-emitting diodes which add up to air pollution. Considering their high operating rate as well as pollution constraint, the electric buses are a viable option. For the successful implementation of operating of Electric Buses, Odisha state government has invited MOUs from the interested stakeholders.
Furthermore, it has also come to our notice that the government will also be signing an MOU. Under this MOU, the government will designate the responsibility of operating the Electric Buses to a private stakeholder on a lease model. The stakeholder will then calculate his Maintenance, Repair and Operational Expenditures. Post which, he will charge an amount per kilometer from the government.
In comparison to the carbon-emitting fossil fuels, the Electric Buses are a safer as well as cheaper option. If the project goes well, we will very soon witness Odisha as a greener land.