BMTC rolls out 135 biodiesel buses

BMTC rolls out 135 biodiesel buses

BMTC rolls out 135 biodiesel buses

In a bid to minimise the greenhouse gases, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation on Sunday rolled out a fleet of 135 bio-diesel buses on an experimental basis.

While a few KSRTC buses are already running on bio-fuel, the corporation has decided to run an additional 1,700 such buses across the state. To mark World Environment Day, the two public transport utilities announced their plan to run their buses on bio-fuel. Each litre of fuel used to run the bio-buss will contain 20% biodiesel and 80% regular diesel.

KSRTC Managing Director Rajender Kumar Kataria told Deccan Herald that an order to procure 41 lakh-litre bio-fuel had been already placed with a company based in Telangana. The KSRTC is expecting the stock in another 10 days. Once the stock reaches, the buses will be operated with bio-fuel, he said.

As part of the Environment Day celebration, the BMTC organised an ‘electric vehicle rally’ in association with Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles. The KSRTC also organised a walkathon at Lalbagh on Sunday. Inaugurating the events, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said electric cars were economical, energy-efficient and  a friendly mode of transportation. Efforts should be made to develop this technology to ensure its reach to the masses, he added.

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