New Delhi: In a first, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) is planning to start a premium hydrogen fuel bus service on Delhi to Jaipur route. Giving a boost to green mobility, the plan for the upcoming bus service was announced by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways along with R. K. Singh, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, during the “Go Electric” campaign to spread awareness on the benefits of e-mobility and EV Charging Infrastructure as well as electric cooking in India.Also Read - RRB NTPC Result 2021 Released: Check How To Download Scorecard Here

Currently, a study for the bus service is underway to test the viability of fuel cell buses for the intercity commute, and no timeline for the bus to start plying the roads has been announced yet. Even though, similar bus services were tested in metro cities like Mumbai earlier, this bus service will be the first of its kind in India to be used for intercity commute. Also Read - NTPC Renewable Awards India's First Green Hydrogen Project In Andhra Pradesh

During the launch of the ‘Go Electric’ campaign, power minister RK Singh said “We are planning to start premium hydrogen fuel bus service from Delhi to Jaipur and gradually we will also try experimenting running electric bus on the same route.” Also Read - NTPC Recruitment 2021: Salary up to Rs 60000 Per Month, Apply For These Executive Posts Now on careers.ntpc.co.in

At the same event, the announcement of an all-new electric tractor was made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. “I will be launching an electric tractor in the next 15 days,” Gadkari said.

The government at the centre is also trying to procure 40,000 battery-powered buses in Maharashtra for an intracity commute. This comes at a time when the government is trying to make a gradual shift towards alternative fuels in a bid to reduce its dependence on the import of crude oil as prices of petrol and diesel skyrocket in the country.