4,000 Public Transport Vehicles To Go From Diesel To Electric, Announces Telangana Govt

| June 3 , 2018 , 12:58 IST

In a move that will both reduce pollution and fuel expenses, the Telangana government has announced plans of replacing around 4,000 state-run public transport vehicles in Hyderabad which run on diesel, with electric vehicles in a phased manner.

The announcement was made by state Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao on Sunday during the celebrations of World Environment Week in Hyderabad.

"As an environment-friendly measure, we are also introducing, we have nearly 3,800 Road Transport Corporation (RTC) vehicles, public transport system, in Hyderabad. We are phasing them out," he said.

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"We are changing the diesel locomotives. We are bringing in electric vehicles. 500 in the first phase and eventually all 4,000 vehicles will be replaced with electric vehicles," Rao said.

The Municipal Administration Minister added that the government would also introduce electric vehicles for garbage collection from residential colonies for which 2,500 auto trolleys are currently being used.

K T Rama Rao further said that the state government would be bringing out an electric vehicle policy and that the metro rail network and the Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) train services would also be expanded to promote public transport.

Over the past month, steep rises in the price of petrol and diesel have taken place, creating difficulties for those relying on personal vehicles for day-to-day work. Although the past few days have shown minor reductions in the price of fuel, opting for electric vehicles removes the uncertainty around potential fuel price hikes and protects the environment also.