New Delhi:Â Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that the government was planning to introduce double-decker luxury buses on dedicated electric corridors that would be built along the highways.
â€śPublic transport on electric is our dream,â€ť Gadkari said where. â€śPlans are underway to introduce double decker fleet of luxury buses to link metropolitan cities such as Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Ludhiana. The air-conditioned bus fleet will have all kind of services (that are) available in planes and will be more economical as they would run on alternative fuel.â€ť
Gadkari added that companies such as Volvo AB are interested in the project, which will help rein in the increase in the number of private vehicles on the roads. â€śThe unprecedented growth of the automobile sector would require to construct a separate lane of highway every third year to accommodate these if not checked,â€ť said Gadkari.
the governmentâ€™s plan to reserve one lane on each national highway for the exclusive use of electric buses and trucks. The project will be powered by overhead cables on a dedicated lane.
Gadkari said that if public transport starts running on alternative fuels like methanol, ethanol or electricity, India could cut its fuel import bills by Rs7 trillion.