Jaipur City Transport Services Ltd (JCTSL) plans to purchase 600 new buses out of which 300 will be electric vehicles. This was stated by local self government department minister Shanti Dhariwal in the assembly. The new AC and non-AC buses will provide relief to the commuters.
These buses will be operated on PPP model and the purchase will cost about Rs 100 crore on the State exchequer. The state government has written to the Union heavy industries department in this regard. Besides, NTPC has expressed interest in running electric buses. They are being tested and if found in the right interest of the state, these would also be considered, he said.
Dhariwal said, the operation of low-floor buses started from 2010-2011 and there were 508 buses. At present 250 low-floor buses, 13 mini buses and 30 mid-size buses are plying. One hundred three buses have been declared unserviceable and another 112 buses are also on their way out, he said.