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Tripura | Aug 10, 2019:
The ministry of heavy industry and public enterprises has sanctioned 50 electric buses for Tripura during the cabinet meeting on Thursday
under FAME India scheme phase II.
The department had invited cities, smart cities, state/UT capitals and from special category states for submission of proposal for deployment of electric buses on operational cost basis.
Tripura is the second state after Assam in the Northeast, which has been included in the scheme.
In Tripura, 50 buses will be run in the capital city and in 100 buses will run in Assam — 50 for Guwahati, 25 each for Jorhat and Silchar.
Tripura law minister Ratan Lal Nath said the government will introduce more 25 town buses in the city, which would ply from 6am to 9pm.
Transport minister Pranajit Singha Roy said the Tripura Urban Transport Corporation Limited (TUTCL) has 173 public buses. However, only 101 of them are reported to be running on the streets while 69 others are "missing" in official documents.
The state government has ordered an inquiry to find 69 urban transport buses which were missing.