Panchkula : In order to introduce battery-operated mini buses in Panchkula city, the municipal corporation (MC) is going to seek approval from Haryana government. The proposal will be mooted by the authorities in phases. In the first phase, 20 battery-operated buses will come up. If the project gets good response from the passengers, the number of buses will be increased. A source said that the civic body is in the process of preparing a detailed project report (DPR) which will be submitted to the Haryana government for final nod. As per the MC officials, air-conditioned buses with a capacity of 32 seats will operate in the city. These buses will run for about 150 km after its batteries are charged. As per the proposal of the corporation which is under consideration the buses will ply from Housing Board light point, and will pass from Sectors 7 to 18, 8 to 17, 9 to 16, 10 to 15, 11 to 14, 12 to 12A, 11 to 10, 5 to 4, 5 to 2, 5 to 6, and the road separating Sector 7 and 8, which has been included in the bell corridor. A source said that the municipal corporation is working on the project by taking note of the electrical buses which are running in Hyderabad since April last year. The buses will consume 10 to 15 units of electricity and will be incurring an expenditure of around Rs 300 to Rs 400 per day. Buses running on diesel consume 30 to 35 litres of fuel per day, which costs Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,200. Rajesh Jogpal, administrator-cum-commissioner, MC Panchkula said that the authorities are in preliminary stage of preparing this proposal which will be submitted to the government for final nod. This is the long pending demand of the residents of the city to have public transport system in place. At present there is no such facility connecting sectors in the city which makes it difficult for the residents to commute across sectors. As a result, residents have to depend on their private mode of transportation only.