Kolkata is all geared up to roll out India's first eco-friendly buses running on biogas fuel. In the initial stage, 12 buses will be operating on 12 routes of the city.
The buses running on biogas fuel will start plying from March onwards. The first route to get these buses is between Ultadanga and Garia, a 17km stretch.
As per reports, the ticket fare for these buses are as low as just Rs 1 per kilometre. The low fare is the result of high fuel efficiency of the buses.
The buses can cover a distance of 20km on a kg of biogas which costs Rs 30/kg. Delhi too, had these buses in its pipeline in 2016, but the plan was dropped because of electric buses.
The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has selected an alternative energy company, Phoenix India Research and Development Group to kickstart the use of biogas vehicles in Kolkata.
The buses running on biogas are non A/C buses, with a capacity to carry 60 passengers. Each bus cost Rs 13 lakh.
The Chairman and Managing Director of Phoenix India Research and Development Group, Jyoti Prakash Das said, "Biogas is the cheapest fuel. The lowest bus fare from Ultadanga to Garia is Rs 12, but we will bring it down to Re 1."
He added, "We can offer it and still have a margin that is enjoyed by the normal operators using diesel. All other parameters of performance such as vehicle speed will be the same as normal buses."