The NWKRTC is set to enhance transportation services in Belagavi city by providing 50 electric buses by the end of December 2023. The first batch of buses is expected to arrive as early as November.
Additionally, 100 diesel-based buses will be allocated to rural areas, thereby improving both urban and rural transport services. To facilitate the charging of electric buses, the Belagavi Division has devised a plan to establish five fast charging centers.
Currently, there are 140 buses operating daily from CBT in the city, catering to approximately 1 lakh passengers. However, due to the increasing number of daily commuters, an estimated 100 to 150 additional buses are required. Consequently, a new bus stand will be constructed in the city.
In August, the transport board submitted a proposal to the government to acquire 50 electric buses. This initiative was prompted by the poor condition of most buses purchased from BMTC. The proposal to provide 50 electric buses for Belagavi city and 100 diesel buses for rural areas has been forwarded to the government.
These buses will be made available once the tender process is finalized. The electric buses in question have a range of 250-300 kilometers and require 4-5 hours of charging. Special charging points will be established, equipped with CCTV cameras, panic buttons, fire fighting equipment, first aid kits, and glass hammers, ensuring passenger safety and convenience.