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A few years ago, UT through an agency had installed many charging stations for electric vehicles in different car parks. However, they are not used.

Chandigarh:

The UT administration will train a panel of senior officials from departments such as transportation, the municipal corporation and the Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), to finalize a plan, including tariffs, committing a public sector company (PSU) for commissioning. charging stations for electric vehicles in different parts of the city and for new stations.

A few years ago, UT through an agency had installed many charging stations for electric vehicles in different car parks. However, they are not used.

UT adviser Dharam Pal said they are already working on this issue and a panel will be formed. The administration is also developing guidelines for installing electric vehicle charging stations in the city, he said.

The administration has already received requests and proposals from the PSUs for the establishment of charging stations and the operation of those already installed. UT is in the process of finalizing the guidelines, which will soon be finalized, and consequently the authorization given to PSUs and private companies.

A senior UT official said while developing the guidelines that the issue of residential homes and commercial buildings has been discussed and an idea has been suggested to make electric vehicle charging stations mandatory for electric vehicles. new constructions of houses of 1 kanal and above. Old homes will not fall under the proposal, said an official, who is part of that proposal team.

In Chandigarh, Crest will be the nodal agency for the electric vehicle charging station for light vehicles and the Chandigarh Transport Company (CTU) for heavy vehicles. Recently, the Center sent a communication to the administration and requested a progress report on the steps taken to promote electric vehicles.

The administration had recently succeeded in obtaining the approval of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the establishment of the electricity tariff plan for electric vehicle charging stations. UT is already working to promote hybrid and electric vehicles.

The Heavy Industries Department, under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, has been administering the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) program since April 2015 to promote the adoption of electric vehicles and hybrids.

Currently, Phase II of the FAME India program is being implemented for a period of three years from April 1, 2019, with total budget support of Rs 10,000 crore.

Three years ago, a team from the transport department went to Nagpur to study the establishment of charging stations in different parts of the city. Nagpur was the first city in the country to set up charging stations for electric vehicles. Chandigarh has the highest vehicle density in India with around 12 lakh of vehicles registered, including two-wheelers and four-wheelers. The number of vehicles per house on average is two and has led to a severe deterioration in air quality.

There are currently around 3,000 e-rickshaws crisscrossing the city. The ministry suggested initiatives to promote electric vehicles, such as removing toll and parking fees and issuing green license plates.

The central government has already developed a national electric mobility mission plan, which aims to promote hybrid and electric vehicles in the country.

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Experts attribute this increase to factors related to demand and supply. Raising awareness among manufacturers, improving charging infrastructure, price parity with conventional vehicles due to federal incentives, and lower battery prices are driving sales.

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