The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation will buy 3,500 BS-IV compliant buses by this year end, its Managing Director Vijay Nehra said today.
"GSRTC will buy these buses by the end of this year. We will invest nearly Rs 800 crore for the purchase. The decision will also help in addressing the concerns of environment conservation," Nehra told PTI.
The Corporation's decision comes after the Supreme Court banned the sale and registration of vehicles in the country which are not compliant with BS-IV emission norms, from April 1.
Bharat Stage emission standards' are emission standards instituted by the Central government to regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engine equipment, including motor vehicles.
The standards and the time-line for implementation are set by the Central Pollution Control Board.
Besides, Nehra said as many as 14 more bus stations (state transport terminals) in the state will be upgraded with modern passenger amenities.
GSRTC has already modernised ST terminals in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat and Mehsana districts.
"We will modernise 14 more state transport terminals in the coming months and the plan includes modernisation of 30 ST terminals located in headquarters of each district in the state," he said.
Nehra said that GSRTC has also launched an app - Track Your Bus - to facilitate passengers with easy bus tracking system.
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