In 2014, Bangalore became the first Indian city to announce electric buses. It was celebratory news for a city struggling with traffic and increasing levels of air pollution. However, six years on, not a single electric bus has been spotted on the streets. The chief agency involved, BMTC, and the Transport Ministry of Karnataka remain undecided on whether they want to lease these bus or buy them. Meanwhile, toxic fumes-spewing diesel buses continue to operate in the city. Multiple studies and news reports have established how harmful the pollutants from diesel emissions are — causing respiratory disorders like asthma, heart disease, and even cancer.
Here’s a timeline of BMTC’s electric bus promises..
Karnataka Government announces a 100-crore subsidy to launch 80 electric buses.