Sky bus project promises to be environment-friendly and economical
can one steer clear of pollution while commuting? Goa may soon have an answer to this poser if the state government's ambitious sky bus project takes off. A self-propelled vehicle, the sky bus is devised to work on suspended cables. As it is run on electricity, the bus promises to be totally pollution-free.
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar recently announced that a green light has been given to ocs / Aerobus India for a feasibility project to install the airbus. In its first phase, it will ply between Panaji and the north Goa town of Mapusa -- a distance of 12 kilometres. Designed as modules, these fully air-conditioned vehicles are two to 12 in number and can carry 80 to 320 passengers each.
"The system has been very successful in Germany and Switzerland, and involves a highly versatile mass transit technology," claims Aerobus India president Dinesh Menon.
With a Rs 400-crore pilot project, the company claims that the sky bus can transport over 20,000-30,000 passengers per direction every hour. Currently, the promoters are offering a travelling cost of fifty paise per kilometre. The chief minister said that the government had been trying to acquire a mass transportation system for Goa at a reasonable cost and hence decided on the sky bus project.
Despite being a well-known tourist destination, Goa is notorious for its ineffective mass transport system. Most of the people in the state travel even short distances on two-wheelers, leading to an increase in pollution levels in the state.
In such a scenario, the sky bus project seems to be the ideal solution for the state. In fact commuting may soon be a pleasant experience, with the people getting a bird's eye view of the picturesque coastal city's roads and rivers as they travel.
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