In preparation to add 100 electric buses to the city’s modest fleet, GMDA is planning to hire an agency for installation of substations at the Sector 10 depot.
Gurgaon is set to get e-buses by June this year.
Currently, Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL) runs 150 buses on 25 routes across the city. Together, these have an average daily ridership of 90,000. Another 50 buses of GMCBL are being used in neighbouring Faridabad on the state government’s orders. A GMDA official said on Tuesday that the authority will install three compact substations for the e-buses to use for charging. The charging bays will be developed by the concessionaire hired by the central government, the official added.
The authority will spend INR 2.7 crore for the 11kv substation and work will take around four months to complete. Though the initial plan was to get 50 e-buses from the Haryana transport department, the state later opted for the Centre’s scheme launched in August 2023 to encourage the use of electric vehicles.
A subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services, a joint venture of PSUs under the Union power ministry, has floated the tender to procure 3,600 e-buses for ten states and Union territories. Of these, 100 each will be given to Gurgaon and Faridabad, the GMDA official said.
These 9-metre-long AC midi-buses (larger than a mini-bus, but smaller than a full-size one) are being brought under the gross-cost contract model. In this, the buses will be owned and and maintained by the operator, who will be paid a specific sum to provide the service for a determined period. “We have now floated the tender for installation of substations and we will try to complete the process on a priority. While the timeline has been set at four months after allotment of work, we will try to finish it up before the deadline,” the GMDA official said.
The electric buses are expected to be deployed around new sectors along the Dwarka Expressway and on routes covering the Southern Peripheral Road.
The new sectors have witnessed rapid growth over the years, but the lack of robust public transportation remains a major challenge for thousands living in the area.
Prateeksha Khurana, a resident of Sector 86, said she would be relieved to have the option of taking a bus. “Work from home is not an option anymore and daily commute has become a costly affair. I have to shell out more than INR 500 to reach my office in Udyog Vihar-IV in a cab. If the bus service is started in this area, I would prefer it as it is economical as well as environmentally friendly,” she said.