Mr. Martin Buck and Mr. Nicolas Muhlich, Swiss experts, from SNZ Engineer and Planner AG with National team members from SGA Architects Pvt. Ltd visited Rajkot city on the 5th and 6th of February, 2018.
They conducted a pre-feasibility study of the last mile connectivity and electrification of the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) corridor under CapaCITIES project which is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The experts met with Mr. Arun Mahesh Babu, Deputy Municipal Commissioner and Mr. Rasik Raiyani, General Manager, Rajkot Rajpath Limited, Rajkot Municipal Commissioner to understand the existing on-ground situation and the BRTS operational issues.
The team also visited the BRTS corridor in the bus with Mr. Rushikesh Dangar from Rajkot Municipal Corporation. The tour was to review existing operational practices, infrastructure and condition of the corridor; and also the BRTS bus depot, which may be utilised for charging infrastructure.
Moreover, a workshop on the technical specifications of electric buses and electrification experiences from Switzerland and Europe was organised on the 6th of February, 2018. The experts explained the types of electric buses, charging infrastructure, success story of European cities, initial findings and feasibility for Rajkot in the workshop.
Officers from Rajkot Rajpath Limited, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Rajkot Mass Transportation Services (RMTS) and BRTS bus operators also attended the workshop.