Guwahati: The Assam government plans to convert Guwahati into a carbon-neutral city. The government sets to introduce electric and CNG buses in replacement of diesel-run ones.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the state government has decided to replace the diesel-run city buses in Guwahati with electric and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses.
"We have decided to replace Guwahati city transport buses to electric buses within a year. Our cabinet has planned to obtain a total of 200 electric buses and 100 CNG buses."
"The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) will not run diesel and petrol-run buses in Guwahati city. Rather, Guwahati will run on electric buses and become emission-free," Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated.
He also stated, "We have begun with ASTC because ASTC has the largest part of vehicles. There will soon be a plan for private buses additionally. We have taken this settlement to contribute to the lowering of carbon emissions. This action is a measure in the direction of obtaining Assam carbon-emission free."
"Our cabinet has decided to present Rs 10,000 each to bus drivers and conductors as financial aid.