Government picks 11 cities for Rs. 437 cr pilot project under FAME India

Cities selected to launch the pilot project of Multi-Modal Electric Public Transport for introducing electric buses, taxis and three-wheelers

With the intent to support and promote hybrid/electric vehicles market development and manufacturing Eco-system, Minster of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant Geete has announced that the Central Government will provide Rs. 437 crore subsidy to 11 cities under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India (FAME) scheme.

The pilot project to launch the Multi-Modal Electric Public Transport will entail initiating and integrating the electric buses, taxis and three-wheelers in the cities of Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Indore and Kolkata, plus two cities- Jammu and Guwahati under special category.

The nine big cities in the list will be given the subsidy for 40 buses each while Jammu and Guwahati will get for 15 buses each.

The Government will give subsidy for taxis to Ahmedabad (20 taxis), Bangalore (100 taxis), Indore (50 taxis) and Kolkata (200 taxis) – based on their demand. Bangalore will get subsidy for 500 three wheelers, Indore for 200 and Ahmedabad for 20.

The selected cities are required to finalize the tendering process and issue supply order before 28th February 2018. Through this EOI, Department of Heavy Industry is expected to spend about Rs. 437 Crore under FAME India scheme (Phase I), which includes about Rs. 40 crores as incentives for installation of charging infrastructure.

While many Departments and Ministries are working for promotion of electric vehicles, the Department of Heavy Industry is the Department which is administering the FAME India scheme since 2015. The present effort is a significant boost to electric mobility with the aim to roll out a number of electric buses, electric three-wheelers and electric shared cabs for multi-modal public transport.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) inviting proposals from million plus cities and special category states for multimodal transport was issued by the Department of Heavy Industry in October 2017. Under this EOI, additional incentive was also proposed to augment charging infrastructure for public transport. Last date for receipt of the proposal was November 30, 2017.

In response to this EOI, Department of Heavy Industry received 47 proposals from 44 cities across 21 states having requirement of 3144 E-buses, 2430 E-Four Wheeler Taxies and 21545, E-Three Wheeler Autos with the total financial support of 4054.6 crores sought from Government of India. After evaluation of these proposals considering parameters like population, vehicle density, vehicular pollution, Swachhata Abhiyan ranking, coverage under Smart City programme, the available financial outlay under Phase 1 of FAME India scheme etc., the above cities were selected for funding under the present Expression of Interest as the pilot project for Multi-Modal Electric Public Transport under FAME India scheme of the Government.