The State Transport Department has taken a new step to reduce pollution in the state. Bihar State Road Transport Corporation has given a new gift of electric and CNG city buses to get rid of pollution in the state. City buses that were run on diesel will be completely discontinued. Now only electric and CNG city buses will ply in the capital. This decision has been taken in view of the increasing pollution and the hike in price of petrol and diesel in the state. These buses will run under the scheme of Jal Jeevan Hariyali.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flagged off 50 CNG buses from Samvad Bhawan on 24th July. Including the new CNG buses, 70 CNG buses will run on different routes in the capital. It has 20 old CNG buses. Apart from this, 25 electric buses are also running on different routes.
These buses will run in Patna as well as in Muzaffarpur, Hajipur, and Biharsharif. If this project is successful, they will be included in other districts as well. These electric buses will run from Patna Airport to Darbhanga Airport, from Gandhi Maidan to Bihta, and from Patna to Rajgir.
Buses have started operating from Gandhi Maidan in Patna to Rajvanshi Nagar, Patna Zoo, and Ashiana, Raja Bazar via Saguna Mor, Danapur. The conductor present in the bus told that the fare from Patna Junction to Gandhi Maidan is Rs 10.50, from Gandhi Maidan to Income Tax is Rs. 11, from Gandhi Maidan to Sachivalay is Rs. 21, from Gandhi Maidan to Danapur is Rs. 45, from Gandhi Maidan to Shiwala is Rs. 52 and from Gandhi Maidan to Bihta is Rs. 63.
The most important advantage of electric and CNG buses is that they will not cause any inconvenience to the passengers due to noise. These buses will have many facilities like air-conditioned, GPS system, CCTV camera, automatic transmission, ITS display, variable message display, emergency button, emergency hammer, hydraulic power steering. That means now traveling will be much convenient.
These buses get recharged within an hour. For charging electric buses, 1200 kW charging stations have been set up in the transport complex at Phulwari Sharif. It has six charging points of 120 kW and two charging points of 240 kW. Electric buses will be charged every day at night. It will be able to travel up to 250 km without stopping. 65% of the seats in these buses will be reserved for women. Everything in these buses are designed similar to luxury buses.
Electric buses will be run from Patna to Biharsharif via Rajgir and from Patna to Muzaffarpur via Hajipur. Preparations are also being made to run CNG buses between Hajipur and Patna.
The cash gap in the operation of these buses and the expenditure incurred in the construction of infrastructure will be reimbursed by the Transport Department. 15 electric buses of length 9 meters will be 37 seaters and 10 buses of length 12 meters will be 45 seaters. There is also the facility of the emergency gate and emergency window inside the buses.
BSRTC currently has 143 city buses. Of these, 93 buses are pollution-free, of which 70 are CNG buses. 50 buses are new and 20 buses are converted to CNG by installing kits in old diesel buses. There are 23 electric buses as well. The remaining 50 buses are going to run on diesel. Some of these will be replaced with new CNG buses in a planned manner, while the rest of the diesel buses will be converted to CNG by installing kits. Preparations are being made to buy 40 new buses, out of which 20 buses will be for the disabled. These will have the facility of hydraulic ramps. According to the Patna Transport Department, 55 more CNG buses will start operating soon. This process will be completed by 30 September.
This scheme of the Bihar Government is highly worthy of praise. People traveling by this bus have described this initiative as very commendable. At least the pollution level, which has been rising for many years, will now be in control.