In an era where environmental consciousness is a growing concern, India’s capital city, Delhi, is making significant strides toward a more sustainable future. The city recently announced its induction of 400 additional electric buses, cementing its position as the Indian city with the highest number of such eco-friendly vehicles.
#WATCH | Delhi: On induction of 400 E-buses, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal "…With 800 buses, Delhi became the city with the highest number of electric buses in the country. By the end of this year, we hope that there will be 1900 electric buses…With 1900 buses we will be able to… pic.twitter.com/h17PIBURMt
— ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2023
Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, announced the news that brings the total number of electric buses in Delhi to 800. He articulated an ambitious vision to have 1,900 electric buses on the city’s roads by the end of the year, a move that is expected to reduce carbon emissions by a whopping 1.07 lakh tons.
The potential environmental impact of this initiative cannot be overstated. By swapping out traditional, combustion-engine vehicles for electric ones, Delhi is actively reducing its carbon footprint, offering its citizens cleaner air and a healthier city to live in.
But the city’s commendable efforts do not stop there. Kejriwal also outlined plans to increase the tally of electric buses to 8,280 by 2025, covering a staggering 80% of the city’s total bus fleet. This equates to 10,480 buses in total, making Delhi a leading light in India’s journey towards greener, more sustainable transportation.
This monumental shift towards electric vehicles (EVs) has been made possible, in part, through generous subsidies provided by the central government. Kejriwal revealed that Delhi is set to receive a subsidy of Rs 45 lakhs for each of the 921 buses, amounting to a total subsidy of Rs 417 crores.
These ambitious plans set a noteworthy precedent for other Indian cities to follow. By making substantial investment in EVs, Delhi is demonstrating that a greener future is within reach. The city’s commitment to environmental sustainability serves as an inspiration for the rest of the nation.
As the world grapples with the ever-pressing issue of climate change, Delhi’s proactive approach to reducing carbon emissions through the adoption of electric buses is indeed a significant move. It signals a broader commitment to sustainability, not just in transportation, but in all aspects of city life. It stands as a powerful reminder that every step, no matter how small, counts in the fight against climate change.