The Arvind Kejriwal government has planned to procure more than 2,000 feeder buses to operate on routes that cannot be accessed by 12-metre buses.
Locals alerted the police after finding the bus abandoned at Birada Vada village on the highway near Naidupet.
The passengers had a narrow escape as they immediately disembarked from the bus before it was completely engulfed by flames.
The company has been in the headlines since it won India’s biggest e-bus order two months ago from Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC).
The goal is to have over 8,000 electric buses by 2025, Kejriwal said. There will be more than 10,000 buses in the city, out of which 80% or 8,280 buses will be electric.
MoHUA secretary Manoj Joshi said that state governments are required to submit their proposals by September 30, for which the guidelines have already been issued.
These buses will be operated on non-metro routes such as Lingampally, Patancheru and Mehdipatnam where the commuter rush is high.
KSRTC will also launch a trial version of ‘My KSRTC’ for real-time travel information on city circular buses.
The good news is these buses matching the standard may soon be plying between Delhi and Jaipur.
All the 921 buses will be added to service in a phased manner.
Expressing concern over the situation, Gahlot referred to a media report stating that one in three e-buses has been experiencing daily breakdowns.
The source said the 11 buses will be used for city-circular service and also as metro feeder service in Kochi.