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Thursday, 30.05.2024
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Private bus operators in Goa have expressed their readiness to embrace the shift towards Smart City electric vehicles (EVs) as part of the private bus replacement scheme. During the meeting with chief minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday, private bus operators highlighted their grievances, particularly regarding the absence of prior consultation before the release of the notification announcing the commencement of Smart City EV operations in Panaji and its peripheries, from April 1.tnn

They expressed apprehensions about their future if their services were to be phased out without adequate support measures in place.

Sudeep Tahmankar, general secretary, All Goa Private Stage Carriage Owners’ Association, proposed that instead of solely investing Smart City funds in purchasing new buses, govt could allocate resources to rehabilitate existing operators.

“Under the Goa state subsidy for replacement of old passenger buses, we get a subsidy of up to Rs 5 lakh for replacement of buses older than 15 years. Govt can enhance the subsidy amount and we can use it to convert our existing buses into EVs,” he said.

“Govt will have to arrange charging stations for us and ensure that our livelihoods are not adversely impacted,” Tahmankar added.

While the adoption of Smart City EVs represents a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions and enhancing urban mobility, Tahmankar said that it is imperative to address the needs and challenges faced by all stakeholders, including private bus operators.

“Sawant has assured us that he would consider our suggestion for enhanced subsidies and infrastructure support,” he said.

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Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 21.03.2024

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