BENGALURU: After drawing flak over a proposed steel flyover, the Karnataka government is staring at another controversy . The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation's proposal to procure 150 electric buses at a cost of Rs 2.7 crore per vehicle has raised eyebrows.
Experts say this amount is exorbitant as the price of a battery-driven bus at current market rate is not more than Rs 1.5 crore.
To tap into funds provided under the Centre's Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) Electric Vehicles (FAME), the BMTC board of directors on Monday gave in-principle approval to the proposal to purchase 150 electric buses to be run on a pilot basis. The scheme offers in centives for electric vehicles as FAME, launched by the Union heavy industries ministry last year, and envisages not less than Rs 15,000-crore support. The BMTC's move to introduce battery-driven buses is in keeping with the concerns of environment protection and saving fossil fuel even as the transport corporation had triallaunched the electric buses in February 2014. Although BMTC has not officially announced the cost, sources in the corporation said it's Rs.2.7 crore per bus.
Electric vehicles have a bigger carbon footprint - Guv need to do its homework, in the name of saving the environment they are sucking public money. Electricity is generated by burning coal (mostly in India) To mine lithium for batteries, you need to dig super deep + the processing - Who the hell said all this is sustainable?
Electricity can be generated by multiple means and these buses cause low pollution in the place they are used. Coal burning does happen but in remote areas.
corruption is second name of Congress
3 hours ago
Sonia if you want to suck...suck my ...
No wonder a normal 1.5 crore bus would cost 2.7 crores, afterall it''s Congress party. Where there is a congress, there is a loot.
Bhopal - 4 hours ago
Such exorbitant price is not at all unexpected. Kickbacks are business as usual for government employees. Their political masters are a step ahead of them. I understand that a Chief Minister earns kickbacks of Rs 250 crores in a five year term!
Rajkot - 2 hours ago
this is Congress style of working wherever they r corruption will be there deep deep
3 hours ago
Karnataka is having scamgress govt, what else do you expect
Mangalore - 3 hours ago
collecting money for next election.
Bangaluru - 5 hours ago
Day light Robary
Bangalore - 5 hours ago
Karnataka is funding congress and its dynastic Family for fighting elections with dalali money
Bangalore - 6 hours ago
First it was BJP, now its congress who is looting this state. Looks like we are cursed with corrupt leaders.