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Centre sanctions 670 electric buses, 241 charging stations under FAME Scheme

Prakash Javadekar, Union Heavy Industries Minister informed that the decision reflects the government’s commitment to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel.

Sep 25, 2020 17:32 IST
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The Central Government on September 25, 2020, announced it has sanctioned 670 electric buses for Goa, Maharashtra, Chandigarh, and Gujarat and 240 charging stations in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Port Blair under the Phase II of the FAME India Scheme.

Prakash Javadekar, Union Heavy Industries Minister informed that the decision reflects the government’s commitment to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel and also address the issues of vehicular emissions. He added that the move is in line with PM Modi’s vision for eco-friendly public transportation.

While commenting on the step, the minister said that this is a good start, these e-rickshaws, e-buses, e-scooties as well as e-cars for the city use will be the best way for the environmental- friendly transport.

Charging stations sanctioned to the states:

•  25 charging stations have been sanctioned in Kollam, 28 in Malappuram, 27 in Thiruvananthapuram (all in Kerala).

•  10 charging stations have been sanctioned in Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands).

•  25 charging stations in Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu.

E-buses sanctioned to the states:

450 buses are already plying in various cities. Under phase II of the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) scheme 670 e-buses have been sanctioned.

•  Maharashtra has got 240 e-buses.

•  Gujarat has got 250 e- buses

•  Goa has been sanctioned 100 e-buses.

•  Chandigarh has got 80 e-buses by the government.

•  Kerala and other states have also got e-charging stations because all those corporations who have been completing formalities, we are sanctioning e-buses for them.

Phase-II of FAME Scheme:

At present, phase II of the FAME Scheme is being implemented by the government for a period of three years with effect from April 1, 2019, with total budgetary support of Rs. 10,000 crores.

This phase has been focused on supporting electrification of public & shared transportation and also aims to support through subsidies, approx. 5 lakh e-3 wheelers, 7000 e-buses, 10 lakh e-2 wheelers, 55000 e-4 wheelers passenger cars

Phase-I of FAME Scheme:

In the Phase-I of the FAME Scheme which was up to March 31, 2019, about 2,80,987 electric and hybrid vehicles were supported by way of demand incentive, which amounted to about Rs. 359 crores.  

The Department had further sanctioned 425 hybrid and electric buses to the various cities in the country at a total cost of about Rs. 280 crores.

Under phase I of the FAME India Scheme, 520 charging stations were also sanctioned for about Rs. 43 crores in cities such as Chandigarh, Bengaluru, NCR of Delhi, and Jaipur.

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