The purchased buses will serve 45 cities. Bihar, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu-Kashmir, Maharashtra, Mekhalaya, Odisha, Puducherry and Punjab states have been invited to contract in the first phase. Union Territories will also be part of the scheme.
As part of the project, 10,000 buses will be plying in 100 cities selected on the basis of population. It is reported that Maharashtra will get 1,453 E buses, 425 buses for Gujarat, 350 buses for Odisha, 347 buses for Punjab, 200 each for Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana, 100 for Chandigarh, 75 for Puducherry and 50 for Meghalaya. Cities with a population of 40 lakhs are eligible for 150 buses.
Cities with a density of one to two million may get 100 buses and cities with a population of less than five lakh will get 50 buses. Ten cities of Kerala are in the priority list of the project. The Ministry of Urban Affairs has prepared a list of 169 cities. It is reported that Kerala may get buses in the next phase.
Last August, the Union Cabinet had approved the Rs 57,613 crore project. 20,000 crores will be provided by the central government. The remaining amount is to be borne by the state governments and private stakeholders who are part of the project. 90 per cent of the amount for the scheme will be provided by the Center in the Union Territories, North Eastern Regions and Hilly States.
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