If any selected smart city is really working to make it a smarter city then we must say it’s BBSR. From various public events like Rahagiri to Water ATMS; seems like in upcoming 10 years BBSR will leave cities like Bangalore and Kolkata far behind in terms of smart initiatives. Recently Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation plans to run electric-powdered buses on select routes in the Smart City. A private consultancy firm will be hired to conduct a feasibility study for the purpose.
BMC sources said running of electricity-powered buses is part of city bus modernization programme. This will help check pollution and ensure green transport, which is one of the priorities of the Smart City Mission. It has also been reported that the electric buses will be run on some select roads in the first phase and then the services will be extended to other areas. Earlier, in the Smart City proposal, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) planned to augment the city bus services by procuring 400 more buses. Out of the 400 new buses, a few buses will run on electricity.
The city bus modernization plan also includes assessing existing and required infrastructure for a smooth operation. The consultant will also carry out environment and social impact assessment (ESIA) study for the modernization project.
The planning of this project has been scheduled to be started once the survey will be over and a good amount of budget can be spend for this project.