In a rare instance, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari ditched his convoy on September 13 to take a ride in Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s electric bus ‘Tejaswini.’ Gadkari took the bus ride from Automotive Square till Gitanjali Talkies Square, where he was supposed to reach for a bhoomipujan ceremony.
On September 13, Gadkari inaugurated Nagpur’s first CNG and LNG Mother Station by Rawmatt Industries near Automotive Square. Nagpur Mayor Nanda Jichkar along with Bunty Kukde (Chairman, Transport Committee, NMC) were also present during the inauguration. When Gadkari, who’s a well-known advocator of alternate fuel, came to know that the fleet of electric buses was parked outside the venue, he decided to take a look at the bus.
As Gadkari inspected and later sat in the bus, he decided to reach Gitanjali Talkies Square by the bus itself and instructed his convoy to follow the bus.
‘Tejaswini’ buses launched by NMC would strictly have women conductors and drivers. With a capacity of over 50 passengers, once the buses are charged, they would be able to run up to 200 kms. Panic button along with CCTV facility have been set up in case of emergency. The buses that have automatic doors, have been provided with mobile charging points at each window seat.