In wake of the tough stance of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against diesel vehicles causing pollution in Rohtang Pass area, Himachal Pradesh transport minister G S Bali on Saturday announced to introduce electric buses on trial basis in Manali area in next 2-3 days.
Bali said that companies like Tata, Ashok Leyland, Eicher besides Mahindra and Mahindra had been approached for buying electric buses. He said that in next 2-3 days these electric buses would be put on trial in Manali and surrounding areas to know their performance in the hilly areas before putting them in use for Rohtang Pass.
He said that discussion was going on with some companies for introducing CNG buses too. He said that in next couple of months CNG buses too would be put on trial in Manali area before using them for Rohtang route. To sort out the issue of funding these eco-friendly buses, NGT would be approached to seek direction about the agencies through which the funds would be procured.
While conducting hearing on Rohtang Pass pollution issue on April 15, NGT bench headed by its chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had ordered that at Manali, Vashishtha and Gulaba check-posts adequate staff and infrastructure should be placed such that no diesel vehicle was permitted at Rohtang Pass with effective from May 1, 2015. However, later during the NGT hearing held in Shimla on April 23, bench relaxed the ban till May 5.
The minister has also announced to introduce seven-battery operated vehicle in Shimla town on trial basis. He said that based upon their success such vehicles would be introduced in different parts of Shimla.
Source: The Times of India
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