Amaravati may get electric buses, battery-run trains

Taking cue from China and Malaysia, implementation of high-tech transport facilities to be suggested to CM
Municipal Administration minister P Narayana takes a look at the battery-run train system in China
Municipal Administration minister P Narayana takes a look at the battery-run train system in China

VIJAYAWADA: Impressed with electric buses and battery-run trains used in Malaysia and China, an official team from Andhra Pradesh  is going to suggest the State Government to replicate the same transportation technology in Amaravati and Vijayawada.

It maybe recalled that the AP government had sent a group of officials along with Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana to visit those two countries to study  and collect information about the metro railway system and also the new age transportation system.

The group had visited  Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, to know about the functioning of metro rail and electric buses. There they studied how electrical buses manufactured by Prasaran Group are functioning.

Later, in China, the group visited Shanghai and Jhujhu to learn about the maglev rail system which has received worldwide acclaim. The train runs with an electromagnetic force offering hassle-free ride to commuters with zero turbulence along with noise free tranquility at 8 mm up in the air. The delegates are contemplating to launch the PP model of the train in Vijayawada and Vizag.

After two-day study of the metro and maglev rail system, the minister and his team also learned about the autonomous rail transit system which is a combination of both rail and bus. The transit system runs on a sensory track and is completely dependent on power. Ten minutes of charging will give a 25 km ride in which 300 people can travel at a time.

Narayana said that the system is more economical than metro rail system and can be run on BRTS routes. As it is environmental friendly, opting such systems would be efficient and helpful in building up the new green capital.

Narayana said “After the success of electric buses in China and their efficient functioning, we have decided to suggest the same for Amaravati and Vijayawada. A final call will be taken only after discussing it with the Chief Minister. Our state will acquire fame if we successfully adopt this technology.”   

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