New fleet proposed to ply on routes connecting city with RGIA, From rickety old buses to swanky Volvos and luxury buses, travelling by bus in Hyderabad is all set to go to the next level with electric buses to soon join the city’s public transport fleet. new fleet is proposed to ply on roads connecting the city with Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Shamshabad, and to make the services affordable. The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is partnering with Siddharth Infratech and Services India Pvt Ltd, the firm that successfully bid the RTC tenders for the services, to operate 40 air-conditioned electric buses in the first phase from September by procuring the vehicles from Goldstone company. TSRTC earlier operated trial runs of the smokeless buses from Secunderabad to RGIA for nearly four months. The encouraging response for introducing eco-friendly transport services in the city buoyed the decision to expand the RTC fleet with these buses. the electric buses will be operated on a hire basis for 12 years, during which a certain percentage per kilometre will be given to the private company. the fares in metro deluxe buses will be applicable on the electric buses to make it a common man’s bus electric bus would be fully charged in four hours, which enables operations for 20 hours or 250 km. The routes are yet to be finalised, though they would mostly ply to the airport, Apart from being eco-friendly, the electric buses will have a ramp and a wheelchair for differently-abled passengers.