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Guwahati Becomes First City in Region to Get Electric Buses under FAME Scheme

Guwahati Becomes First City in Region to Get Electric Buses under FAME Scheme

Conforming to the State Government’s vision to make Assam a pollution-free State, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday flagged off 15 electric buses which were introduced under ASTC in the city in a program at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara on Monday. 

The new buses obtained under ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles’ (FAME-1) and introduced as a pilot project will shuttle from Panbazar to Kamakhya Temple.

Speaking at the event, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that following the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Assam government is moving forward to make Assam a pollution-free state. 

He further stated that the state government is working to transform Guwahati as the gateway to the Southeast Asian countries, and for such a vision to take place a great deal of support from all sections of society is required.  He also added that the introduction of electric vehicles is a small step towards accomplishing the government's goal of making Assam a pollution-free state and there is a lot to be done in the future.

He asserted that following Sarkardeva's values people need to work for the conservation of nature through afforestation initiatives. Sonowal stressed the extensive plantation and taking adequate care for each and every sapling planted which will, in turn, help human-kind and wildlife.

Transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that with the introduction of these electric buses in Guwahati, the state government laid the basis for an emission-free transport system in the state. While speaking on the occasion he said that people of the state must put combined efforts to make Assam a pollution-free state.

The state government is likely to introduce 100 additional electric buses under FAME-2 for which the necessary process has been started. Out of these buses, 50 buses will ply in Guwahati, 25 each will be pressed into service at Jorhat and Silchar.

 


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