Bihar Sharif Smart City Invites Bids for an E-Rickshaw Charging Station

The total cost of the project is expected to be ₹16.981 million


The Bihar Sharif Smart City Limited has invited bids for the construction of an e-rickshaw charging station in Bihar Sharif, a town located in Nalanda district of Bihar.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be ₹16.981 million (~$0.24 million). The successful bidder will get six months for completing the project.

The brief scope of work includes the design, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance (O&M) of the charging station.

To participate, a bidder should have prior experience of constructing and maintaining e-rickshaw stands for a minimum fleet size of 10 e-rickshaws.

The last date for bid submission is February 5, 2019. The technical bids will open on February 8, 2019.

Under the central government’s Smart Cities Mission, scores of states have announced their plans to make their cities sustainable by the installation of solar panels, net metering and various other infrastructural revamps.

Recently, the Tirupati Smart City Corporation Limited (TSCCL) invited Request for Proposal (RfP) for 6 MW of grid-connected solar projects.

In March 2018, Karnataka’s Tumakuru Smart City Limited tendered 2.7 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects to be established on the city’s government buildings.

In April 2018, the Diu Smart City became the first in the country to run on 100 percent renewable energy during daytime hours. It has developed 9 MW solar park in the city along with rooftop solar panels located on 79 government buildings, generating 1.3 MW annually.

In October 2018, Indore Smart City Development Limited also issued a tender for smart meters to be installed under Indore Smart City project.

In November 2018, the Greater Chennai Corporation also planned to install solar panels on 662 of its buildings under Smart City Program.

Last year, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of the public-sector units of the Ministry of Power and the Government of India, also entered two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (NBPDCL) and South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) to deploy smart meters in 130 towns and adjacent rural areas covering approximately 1.8 million customers in the state. The deployment will be in a fast-track mode, with installation taking place within 1.5 years in a phased manner from the date of signing the agreement.

Nitin is a staff reporter at and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer