Electric Buses by Feb & App to track city buses: Good Day for Lucknow’s Public Transport
Public Transportation in Lucknow is up for a major changes with the all new energy saving electric buses and the bus tracking app- Chalo. Waiting for the rusty, old and smoke emitting buses is a thing of the past now!
Prototype of the much awaited Electric Buses will be put to trial by the next week and the buses are likely to be operational in Lucknow by February.
Falling under the central government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric (FAME) India scheme, these buses have a passenger capacity of 39 and cost 75 lakh each. A fully charged air conditioned electric bus can run upto 120 Kms while a non air conditioned one can run a 30 Kms extra without requiring a recharge.
Lucknow City Transport Services Limited (LCTSL) has purchased 40 of the said buses and another 100 are supposed to run in the city on a contractual basis. 12 chargers will be provided at Dubagga and each can charge two buses at a time, another sub-station of 1500 Kva is being constructed for the same purpose.
The buses will run between Alambagh and Gomti Nagar from 6 am to 8 pm and charge minimum ₹ 15 and maximum ₹ 45 as fare during the trial.
Launched this Friday under the government’s smart transport initiative, Chalo is an app that you can use to track the location of the bus/es you intend to board. ‘Chalo’ is a free mobile app that helps people plan their daily commute while being at the comforts of their home or office.
A passenger would be required to enter the bus route number or the destination to get the information they need. All of the city buses are equipped with a vehicle tracking device and can be tracked if they are within a circumference of 4-5 Kms. The new electric buses will also be covered under the same after being operational.
Chalo will let passenger track the arrival of their bus, find the fastest and the cheapest options from all bus routes to their destination, know the live GPS position of the bus on a map, plan their trips and enjoy a safe travel because of the safety features such as SOS, live trip sharing with family or friends and emergency.
The app is already being used in 15 other cities but Lucknow will be UP’s first city to launch the app which is available to download for free on Google Play Store.