Delhi’s lifeline Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is getting the first electric bus in its fleet. The ceremony will happen at DTC’s Indraprastha depot on Monday 12 noon.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will be flagging off the first electric bus at the ceremony event. The electric buses will be the primary weapon to fight the air pollution nationwide capital.

JBM Auto Limited has manufactured the buses. It will be deployed at 27 kilometer long route E44 which covers ITO, Safdarganj and Ashram from Pragati Maidan to IP depot. The prototype bus had arrived in the early January 2022.

In the remaining month of January 50 more e-buses will be induced in to the DTC fleet for mass transportation. There are 2,300 complete electric buses within the pipeline. Out of those, 1,300 will probably be procured by the DTC and the remainder 1,000 will function underneath the cluster scheme.

According to Gahlot, e-buses will probably be added in batches of about 50 each month after the first roll out in February. The Delhi authorities will equip bus depots with charging stations for these e-buses. This will probably be finished in phases.

To support the charging, DTC is constructing 4 HYBRID bus depots to support both electric and CNG buses. The 4 depots chosen are Subhash Place Depot, Rajghat Depot, Hasanpur depot and Bawana.

For the better mobility of traffic and transportation Mr Kejriwal flagged 100 low floor AC CNG buses. With the addition the fleet of buses now stands at 6,900.