MSRTC will ply e-buses to Mumbai, Nashik, Kolhapur

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 4 December 2019

‘SHIVAI’ ROUTES
- MSRTC will operate electric buses to Mumbai, Nashik, Kolhapur and Aurangabad.
- These e-buses will be operated within a radius of 250 km.
- Tender has been awarded to a private party.
- Charging points are being set up at these places.

PUNE: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) is all set to operate electric buses named ‘Shivai’ to cities like Mumbai, Nashik, Kolhapur, Aurangabad and Pune. “The department has already started setting up charging point at these stations,” said a senior ST officer. 

A few months ago, MSRTC has issued a tender and awarded the contract to a private party to supply e-buses. The department informed that e-buses will operate within a radius of 250 km and will be fully air-conditioned. MSRTC, which serves the entire State, owns around 20,000 diesel buses.

Recently, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) acquired as many as 150 e-buses and is in the process of acquiring more. As part of the policy to go-green, union and the State government is given preference to electricity operated vehicles while acquiring new buses.

“On Pune-Kolhapur route, Swargate depot will operate six buses while Kolhapur will have another six buses. On Pune-Nashik route, we will operate nine  buses while Nashik too will operate the same number. The schedule of these buses will be adjusted with the Shivshahi service as both these are luxury, air-conditioned services,” said  Pune Divisional Traffic Controller Yamini Joshi.

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