With an eye on both economic empowerment and environmental conservation, India’s ambitious “PM-eBus Sewa” scheme is set to deploy 10,000 electric buses across cities, generating employment for thousands while curbing carbon emissions
By Irfan Bashir
In a landmark initiative poised to reshape urban transportation and bridge critical accessibility disparities, the central government, through a decisive cabinet decision, has unequivocally endorsed the trailblazing “PM-eBus Sewa” scheme. PM-eBus Sewa Illuminates a New Era in City Transportation
This pioneering initiative charts a course to fortify city bus operations through the strategic deployment of an extensive fleet of 10,000 electric buses, all meticulously hinged on an unyielding Public-Private Partnership (PPP) framework. In harmonious alignment with the blueprint for sustainable mobility and the augmentation of public transit, this groundbreaking initiative forges ahead with unwavering determination.
With an anticipated financial allocation amounting to an impressive Rs. 57,613 crore, the scheme’s immense scope resonates as a testament to the government’s resolute commitment to catalyzing a comprehensive transformation within India’s urban transportation panorama.
This resounding financial commitment underscores an indomitable pledge to revolutionize the very fabric of urban transit dynamics, and it crystallizes an unshakeable resolve to steer the course towards a future where mobility and sustainability converge seamlessly.
Targeting the Unreachable:
The scheme’s scope encompasses cities boasting populations exceeding three lakh, based on the 2011 census. This encompassing embrace extends to Union Territories’ capital cities, the North Eastern Region, and Hill States. A pronounced emphasis lies in granting precedence to cities that currently lack organized bus services, ensuring that previously marginalized areas reap the benefits of contemporary urban transportation.
Empowering Employment and Efficiency:
A pivotal facet of the PM-eBus Sewa scheme is its potential to generate significant employment opportunities. The deployment of approximately 10,000 buses is forecasted to create direct employment for an estimated 45,000 to 55,000 individuals, reinvigorating local economies and nurturing skill development. This endeavor holds the promise of elevating not only public transportation but also contributing to overall economic growth through job creation.
The PM-eBus Sewa scheme operates through two key segments, each addressing distinct facets of urban transportation: Segment A – Elevating City Bus Services (169 cities): This segment concentrates on augmenting city bus operations by introducing 10,000 cutting-edge e-buses under the PPP framework. This augmentation is paralleled by the development and modernization of depot infrastructure. Furthermore, the establishment of essential behind-the-meter power infrastructure, including substations, caters to the power needs of e-buses, ensuring uninterrupted service. Segment B – Green Urban
Mobility Initiatives (181 cities):
The second segment is characterized by a focus on green initiatives, encompassing diverse strategies such as bus priority provisions, multimodal interchange facilities, advanced NCMC-based Automated Fare Collection Systems, and the development of charging infrastructure. By seamlessly integrating sustainable practices into the urban transportation fabric, this segment envisions a more eco-friendly and efficient urban landscape.
Driving Sustainability and Innovation:
At the heart of the PM-eBus Sewa scheme lies a steadfast commitment to nurturing electric mobility. This initiative offers unwavering support for the establishment of crucial behind-the-meter power infrastructure and the expansion of charging networks. With a forward-looking perspective, the scheme is poised to catalyze the expansion of the electric vehicle sector, fostering a robust supply chain and stimulating innovation.
By embracing electric mobility, the PM-eBus Sewa scheme is primed to mitigate noise and air pollution, curbing carbon emissions and propelling a shift toward a cleaner environment. Moreover, as the share of bus-based public transportation grows, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions becomes a natural consequence, underscoring the scheme’s pivotal role in combating climate change.