Government plans to promote renewable energy for public transport

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is working on a proposal to powering city public transport from renewable sources.

As per the plan, the Ministry will select few cities where tender will be floated to generate renewable energy through solar, wind, or hybrid, and using that to make hydrogen fuel or charging batteries to power the city transport buses.

To begin with, the Ministry will select one or two cities for a pilot project with one for hydrogen another for recharging batteries. In the selected cities entire public transport system will run on renewable energy, said an official in the Ministry.

The ministry is looking for per kilometer cost of city transport in renewable energy should be equal to or less than the present per kilometer cost of diesel-driven buses said an official in the Ministry.

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