Belarus has expressed interest in modernising the tramways of Kolkata, besides exporting buses and dumper trucks to India. Bharat Chamber of Commerce president Sitaram Sharma said a team from the eastern European nation, is likely to visit the city, to study the technical and operational modernisation required for Calcutta Tramways.
Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in India, Andrei I Rzeheussky, on October 15, 2019, said that Belarusian firm BELAZ is also likely to sign an agreement with Coal India, for the supply of dumper trucks. Sharma said Belarusian firms have also shown interest in the manufacture and supply of electric vehicles and trolleybuses. “The Belarus-made trolleybuses are customised for Indian roads and have quick charging features,” he said.
TERI bats for dual use of Kolkata trams’ overhead power lines
The Energy and Resources Institute has advocated bolstering Kolkata’s tram infrastructure, including exploring the possibility of electric buses making use of the same overhead power supply network
October 8, 2018: The West Bengal government should explore the dual-use of the Kolkata trams’ overhead power supply network, as the same can be shared by electric buses, The Energy and Resources Institute’s (TERI’s) director general Ajay Mathur said, on the sidelines of a Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) programme on October 4, 2018. “Tram infrastructure should be improved,” said Mathur, pointing out that a number of European cities run trams and buses on the same electric overhead wire network.
He was responding to queries on the condition of tram services in city, at a time when the central government is promoting e-vehicles.
“Electric buses can use the overhead tram network, wherever there is such availability, before switching to its own, to complete trips,” he said. Mathur said if approached, TERI can undertake a detailed study for better use of the city’s tram infrastructure.
The TERI official said according to a finding, Kolkatans use public transport for 79 per cent of their trips. In a bid to promote electric transportation to control emissions, the Department of Heavy Industries, under the FAME-1 scheme, had recently selected 11 cities, for providing subsidy to procure electric vehicles on a pilot basis.
A senior official of the West Bengal government said around 60-80 electric buses would be procured, 60 per cent of which would be funded by the centre.