For cleaner air, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken an initiative under which he is set to gift two electric buses for MPs that will help them play their part in preventing choking of the national capital.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the prime minister will donate these buses to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on December 21 and it would be used to ferry members of parliament.
These buses would be powered by lithium-ion-batteries, the ones that is used by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to propel satellites in space.
The report further suggests that ISRO scientists have collaborated with the ministry and few other wings to develop these batteries which costs about Rs 5 lakh which is about a tenth of Rs 55 lakh that would be required for imported ones.
The initiative is in line with PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ drive and Gadkari said that such vehicles will be commercialised and the patents for them have already been registered.
Talking about his plan to run fifteen such buses in Delhi soon, Gadkari said:
“We plan to run 15 such buses on Delhi roads as a pilot project initially and the same would be replicated at other places too. Pollution is an issue which concerns the government deeply and the ministry is committed to addressing all such issues related to Delhi within two years.”
He further added:
“The idea is to minimise pollution in the entire country, not just Delhi. Thus, we plan to convert 1.5 lakh buses in the country which currently run on diesel to electric.”