Chandigarh: With the decision to grant major financial benefits to vehicles, from e-bikes to personal four-wheelers and commercial vehicles, the Chandigarh administration on Thursday approved the city’s first draft electric vehicle (EV) policy. city for five years.
The policy will now be in the public domain for 30 days for suggestions and objections from all stakeholders. This draft policy will be available on the official website of the department solar.chd.gov.in
The financial benefits will be Rs 3,000 to Rs 2 lakh and UT has also decided to give scrapping fee to the person who wants to get rid of their gasoline vehicle. A new “Early Bird” segment has been retained in the policy, in which people who come first to pick up electric vehicles will receive additional financial benefits. “The early bird segment is basically for motivating people. They will get better financial benefits, which will be decided soon,” an official said.
The draft policy said, “The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) contributes to a wide range of sustainability goals. These include improved air quality, reduced noise pollution, enhanced energy security and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. As vehicles are a growing source of air pollution in Chandigarh, rapid adoption of zero tailpipe emissions vehicles is essential… This policy prioritizes public and shared transport, freight carriers and two-wheelers to promote the adoption of electric vehicles.
UT said the policy will also help create public charging infrastructure in every sector and in the first two years of the policy period, 100 public charging stations will be installed. Chandigarh Administration has asked the public that any suggestions or comments for inclusion or omission in the draft policy may be brought to the attention of the Managing Director, Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST), Paryavaran Bhawan (1st Floor), Sector 19-B, Chandigarh, or email [email protected]