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Government may team up with private companies to operate electric buses in cities

September 21, 2018

The government may soon start operating electric buses in partnership with private players as it looks to improve public transport and reduce pollution.The Aayog has sought comments from all stakeholders on the draft agreement by October 4, after which there will be a stakeholders’ meet on October 12 to finalise the agreement. According to the draft agreement, made public just days after road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari urged private players to run the country’s public transport, the concessionaire shall be required to incur the necessary capital expenditure for procurement of e-buses and O&M (operations and maintenance) infrastructure while the authority shall incur operational expenditure on per kilometre basis.