Kerala – Transport dept moots green bus corridors
This article was published on : July 22, 2019
The state government is planning green bus corridors in various parts of the state, where there would be exclusively earmarked corridor for buses using green fuel. As part of carbon-neutral Sabarimala project, in 19km stretch, electric buses will be operated. Also, in 48 km on Angamali-Poothotta stretch, electric buses will be operated. Electric buses are planned in Goshree and Munambam routes in Kochi as well. A new generation tram project is being planned between Thoppumpadi and Goshree, which will cost Rs 1,000 crore.
A state transport fund under the transport department and state metropolitan transport based on the four airports in the state are also under consideration. The state has 120.42 lakh registered motor vehicles as on March 2018. It has experienced a compounded annual growth rate of above 10% in the last two decades. The state has 361 vehicles per 1,000 persons. Personal vehicles have shown more growth rate when compared to the transport vehicles.
The state government had also last year framed and announced an electric vehicle policy that targets one million electric vehicles on the roads in the state by 2022. This also includes 3,000 electric buses.
In the electric vehicle policy, buses are the first preference for conversion to e-vehicle regime, due to its large impact on the on-road vehicle population, its potential to reduce pollution and promote shared mobility.