Government mulls on ranking State Transport Corporations
May 17, 2017: A policy to reward the best-performing state transport corporation is being considered by the Narendra Modi government wherein they would be given financial support to move to less polluting electric buses and set up charging and maintenance infrastructure through central funding.
The ranking of the state transport corporations across the country would be based on the financial performance, connection to towns and villages and condition of bus terminals and passenger amenities. The best performing ones will be shifted to electric mobility gradually. The scheme is being conceptualised by the transport ministry, say media reports.
In the first year, the ministry wants around 5,000 such buses to go on road to be increased to almost 30,000 in the second.
The government is separately working on a policy to move India to electric mobility in a major way by 2030 as a part of its green initiative. Separately, a proposal to buy almost 2 lakh e-cars for government departments, ministries and other bodies is also being considered.
Reports say that the government plans to come out with the electric vehicles policy by the end of the year.