A new chassis will replace the diesel-electric buses of India’s public transportation system, the railways, the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMCC) and the Delhi Traffic Police (DTP) under a government order on Tuesday.
The new bus will be able to operate in the city with a maximum speed of 100 kmph, a spokeswoman said, adding that it will be equipped with a propulsion system that will allow it to carry up to 10 passengers.
“The government order has given us a green light to proceed with this new vehicle.
The project has been started with the full support of the government,” a senior official of the DMCC said, requesting anonymity as the order has not been issued yet.
The order will be implemented on December 1 and will take effect on January 1, 2018, he added.
According to the DMCT, the new vehicle will be ready by January 31, 2018.
The transport department has set aside Rs 7 crore for the project.
A spokesman for the railways declined to comment on the matter.
A DMCC spokesperson said, “The DMCC will work with the transport department and transport department officials to finalise the details of the project, including the cost of the propulsion system and its delivery schedule.
The DMCC is committed to complete the project as soon as possible.”