Environment-friendly buses soon on Goan roads

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Panaji: With the proposal for 150 electric buses under the phase two of the Centre’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME II) scheme getting the approval, commuters in Goa will soon be able to travel in green buses.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Sunday said that the environment-friendly buses will soon operate on the state’s routes.

Addressing a gathering in Panaji on the occasion of the 40th anniversary celebration of Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL), Sawant said KTCL has always adopted the latest technology and environment-friendly vehicles. He said the Corporation has been dedicatedly serving the community.

Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho, Chairman of KTCL Carlos Almeida and Panaji Mayor Uday Madkaikar were also present on the occasion.

Stating that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the KTCL earning less revenue this year, Sawant said the scenario will improve by 2022. “We need to improve infrastructure, as the state attracts tourists. KTCL is going out of its way to serve commuters by introducing electric buses in a phased manner. Since Goa is on the world tourism map, we need to provide the best bus service, best seating arrangement, shops, good toilets and decent canteens to the visitors and also make their journey pleasant and enjoyable,” he said.

Praising the staff of the Corporation, the Chief Minister said, “Apart from doctors, nurses, police, fire services, KTCL staffers too are the frontline warriors in the fight against COVID-19. These staffers have risked their lives during this pandemic and served the community.”

“Vision of the government is to ply buses between villages and industrial estates so that the youth are able to travel at reasonable rates to and from their offices once employed,” he said adding that the KTCL may face some financial issues in the beginning in this regard.

Godinho said, “We need to evolve the best transport system, as Goa is a tourist destination. KTCL will be introducing electric buses by December 25, 2020 or January 1, 2021. As we need to protect our environment, we will introduce electric buses on long routes as well as shorter routes in the villages. To begin with, the services will first commence on long routes and then on internal routes in a phased manner,” he said.