Independence Day was celebrated throughout the country in different manners, but Goa had something special to offer - launching India's first bio-fuel bus. The bus, made by Scania, was introduced as part of a pilot project.
The 36-seater bus was flagged off from Adil Shah Palace in Panaji by Mridula Sinha, the Governor of Goa. Also, two more buses that run on ethanol were also launched on Independence Day.
The three buses will be part of Goa's state transport system, Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL). The pilot project is for a three-month long period.
The government of Goa is expecting to have 40 eco-friendly fuel buses in its fleet by February 2018. The buses will be sustained through biogas generated at the solid waste management plant located at Saligao.
State transport buses and heavy vehicles, in general, contribute a lot towards air pollution, and state governments are trying hard to move away from crude oil run vehicles. The introduction of India's first bio-fueled bus in Goa is a welcoming sign, which other states in India too could benefit from.