Guwahati: Sarbananda Sonowal with a vision to make Assam a pollution free state flagged off 15 electric buses to be operated from Panbazar to Kamakhya as a part of the pilot project. The buses were procured under the Centre’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles’ (FAME 1) scheme.
Chandra Mohan Patowary, the transport minister said that the introduction of the electric buses has laid the foundation for an emission free system in the state.
The FAME scheme was launched by the Centre last year and Assam was one of the first five states to apply this, said Patowary. He further said that an MoU will be signed with a Hungary based Company so that an electric bus manufacturing unit is set up in Assam.
Anand Prakash Tiwari, Assam State Transport Corporation MD, stated that while 50 buses will ply in Guwahati, 25 each will also be introduced in Jorhat and Silchar. He further added that efforts are on to set up more CNG stations apart from the one setting up in Dibrugarh.