Jaipur City Transport Services Ltd (JCTSL) plans to purchase 600 new buses out of which 300 will be electric vehicles.
This was stated by local self government department minister Shanti Dhariwal in the assembly on Tuesday.
Replying to a question by Kalicharan Saraf during the Question Hour, Dhariwal said that the new AC and non-AC buses will provide relief to the commuters. The decision was taken to purchase 600 new buses at a meeting of the board of management of the JCTSL on May 10. These buses will be operated on PPP model and the purchase will cost about Rs 100 crore on the state exchequer, the minister said. He said, the state government has written to the Union heavy industries department in this regard. Besides, NTPChas expressed interest in running electric buses. They are being tested and if found in the right interest of the state, these would also be considered, he said.
Dhariwal said, the operation of low-floor buses started from 2010-2011 and there were 508 buses. At present 250 low-floor buses, 13 mini buses and 30 mid-size buses are plying. One hundred three buses have been declared unserviceable and another 112 buses are also on their way out, he said.
Giving details of the accidents caused by the city buses in last three years, Dhariwal said, 26 incidents were reported in 2016, where number of casualties was seven and 23 injured; while in 2018, there were 37 accidents in which four were killed and 11 injured.