Delhi govt approves policy on electric vehicle to curb pollution

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government today passed the Delhi electric vehicle policy aiming to fight air pollution. 

After several rounds of discussions this policy has been made which aims to reduce air pollution and create large scale jobs, Kejriwal said at a state cabinet briefing livemint reported.

By 2024, one-fourth of the new vehicles enlisted in the state should be electric, Kejriwal stated, including that the policy will have unique accentuation on having additional electric bikes, transports, and products bearers. These are likely to cause air pollution in the National capital.

Delhi has Less than 0.2 per cent of electric vehicles and three-wheelers are close to zero today. “We hope that in the next year there will be 35,000 vehicles and 250 charging stations. In five years, we hope that 5 lakh electric vehicles will be registered,” livemint quoted Kejriwal.

Promising that the Delhi government will set up EV fund and board, he announced that ₹30,000 per vehicle will be given to electric auto rickshaw and e-rickshaw. Also, subsidy on loans will be provided. Ride assistance providers such as Ola, Uber will get special provisions for electric two-wheelers, he added. 

November last year, the bill was drafted. In the following five years, Delhi should have roughly 5 lakh new EVs to meet the 25 per cent EV objective, a report by Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi and Rocky Mountain Institute had suggested. The step is expected to avert nearly ₹6,000 crore imports of petroleum and fluid natural gas and CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions of 4.8 million tons.

“Delhi Government ‘s Electric Vehicle Policy is easily the most comprehensive one in India and has path-breaking and meaningful incentives for clean energy,” said Preeti Sharma Menon, National Executive Member, Aam Aadmi Party. 

An E-vehicle expo was organised a few days back in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan.

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