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Bids called for 100 e-buses to be used in city

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The Times Of India
24th June, 2022 03:17 IST

Chennai: The city is expected to get 100 new electric buses. The Institute of Road Transport ( IRT ) on behalf of the transport department floated a tender on Thursday for the German Bank-funded project.

IRT has sought bids from automobile manufacturers who can supply buses along with charging infrastructure for MTC Chennai . As per the tender documents, all these buses will be low-floor air-conditioned with a seating capacity of 36, including one for wheelchair-bound passengers.

The bidders have been requested to keep the floor height to less than 400mm so that passengers can easily board or alight from buses. There are also provisions to be made for having a wheelchair ramp.

Transportation activist R Rengachari said that Chennai is one of the last metros to join the EV bandwagon after Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. "We hope the state government doesn't delay the process further," he said.

In response, a senior transport department official said that the purchase will be a precursor to a much larger order of a further 400 buses for Chennai and other cities in Tamil Nadu , based on the success of the initial operational launch in early 2023. The entire procurement is expected to be completed by 2024.

On charging infrastructure, TN is yet to finalise the models and is open to both the categories -- overnight charging and 10-30 minutes at the end of every trip. "The decision will be taken after bid evaluation," he said.

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