Cabinet approves PM-eBus service scheme
Tags: Government Schemes
The cabinet under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the "PM-eBus Seva" initiative.
An Overview of the News
The PM-eBus Sewa scheme aims to augment city bus services by deploying 10,000 e-buses through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model.
The estimated cost of the scheme is Rs 57,613 crore, with support of Rs 20,000 crore from the central government.
The scheme will facilitate bus operations for 10 years.
Targeting deprived areas:
The scheme covers cities with more than three lakh inhabitants based on the 2011 census.
Preference will be given to underserved cities that lack organized bus services.
Inclusion: Union Territory Capitals, North Eastern Region, and Hill States.
Anticipated Direct Employment Generation: 45,000 to 55,000.
It is resulting in the deployment of around 10,000 e-buses for city bus operations.
Section A - City Bus Detail (169 Cities):
This component focuses on scaling up city bus operations by introducing 10,000 e-buses through the PPP model.
It also includes upgrading depot infrastructure and building power infrastructure (eg, substations) for e-buses.
Section B - Green Urban Mobility Initiative (181 Cities):
This section emphasizes green initiatives such as bus priority systems, multimodal interchange facilities, automatic fare collection systems based on National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), and charging infrastructure.
States and cities are responsible for managing bus services and operator payments.
Central Government Support: Subsidy as per the scheme provisions.
The scheme is set to take forward e-mobility by offering comprehensive support to electricity infrastructure behind the meter.
In addition, cities will receive assistance for the development of charging infrastructure as part of the Green Urban Mobility initiative.
This holistic support will accelerate the proliferation of energy-efficient electric buses and encourage innovation within the e-mobility sector, ultimately fostering a more robust supply chain for electric vehicles.
Transition to electric mobility: reduction of noise, air pollution, and carbon emissions.
The anticipated shift to bus-based public transport will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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