Governor Banwarilal Purohit has made a gladdening announcement in the Assembly saying that the government was looking at a comprehensive restructuring’ of the transport corporations in the State by launching environment-friendly electric buses in Coimbatore.
The government would launch the buses with support from German bilateral financing agency KfW.
This would involve the replacement of the ageing fleet with fuel-efficient BS-VI buses and procurement of environment-friendly electric buses in metro cities like Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai.
The Japan International Co-operation Agency has now approved the funding of Rs 20,196 crore for the priority stretches totalling 52 kilometre from Madhavaram to Sholinganallur and Madhavaram to Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT).
The loan agreement for the first tranche of approximately Rs 4,770 crore was signed recently and the work would commence shortly.
The Phase-I of the Metro Rail project has already commenced operations, and is likely to be fully commissioned this month, the Governor said.
The introduction of electric buses in the fast developing Coimbatore would be a great boon to the textile city which is a hub of various industries.
There is no doubt that this would of great benefit to a large number of students going to schools and colleges besides workers of various industries and spinning mills.
People from various segments of the society have welcomed this novel project of introducing eco-friendly and fuel-efficient electric buses announced by the Tamil Nadu government.