The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) had called a tender in last December on providing 150 buses on a lease. “In the first phase, the company will provide 40 buses. We have to pay Rs.37.50 for every km of operation. The expense of electricity and conductors will be Rs.17. They will provide the charging points, as well as the drivers,” said BMTC Managing Director V.Ponnuraj.
There will be 35 seats in these buses and they have all the facilities of a Volvo bus. They will travel in Bellary road which connects the outer ring road and the Kempegowda International Airport. The Vajra buses, which are operating in this route at present, earn an average income of Rs.62 per kilometer.
After an increase in the Diesel price, the maintenance cost of the Volvo buses also increased. The corporation has to spend Rs.70 per kilometer, he said adding that “the Central government has given Rs.1 crore subsidy for 40 buses. If they provide the subsidy to all other 110 buses, we will get all 110 buses for lease at the earliest,” he said.
The Gold Stone Company has signed a memorandum of agreement with BYD company of China, which manufactures electric buses. The company may start a vehicle manufacturing unit in Bidar.