Dehradun: Five electric buses were made operational by Dehradun Smart City Limited on Sunday. The buses will run between ISBT and Rajpur Road after every 10 minutes and the minimum fare has been fixed at Rs 10 and the maximum at Rs 55. The other public transports will run in coordination with electric buses.
The newly-inducted buses also have an anti-lock braking system (ABS) for ensuring safety of the passengers and can run 150-to-180 kilometres in a single charge. A facility for charging the electric buses will be put in place at the UTC depot in Transport Nagar.
On the occasion, officials of the Dehradun Smart City Limited said that 25 more buses will be inducted in a phased manner to cover other routes of the city.
All buses will be air-conditioned and be equipped with CCTV cameras.
Keeping in mind the safety of the passengers, especially women, panic buttons have been installed near each seat. The buttons will send an alert directly to the integrated control command centre. The other features of the buses include — dedicated USB port for every seat, announcements during the travel in English, Hindi, and Garhwali languages
Each bus has a seating capacity of 25 passengers with a hydraulic ramp to lift a handicapped passenger on a wheelchair. The officials said that the fares of the electric buses will be kept affordable for the convenience of local travelers as well as tourists.