Centre has Assured it Will Provide Subsidy for 1000 E-Buses in Delhi: Gahlot

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has confirmed that the Centre has assured that subsidy will be provided for 1,000 e-buses in the city.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has confirmed that the Centre has assured that subsidy will be provided for 1,000 electric buses (e-buses) in the city. Gehlot confirmed the news after his meeting with Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh on August 20, 2020. In the meeting the issue of installation of charging stations as per the AAP government’s new Electric Vehicle policy was discussed.

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“Gahlot and Singh discussed installation of charging infrastructure in Delhi-NCR in the presence of officials from the state and Union government, as part of the recently launched Electric Vehicle policy,” Delhi government statement read.

The first leg of the policy targets installation of 200 charging stations in Delhi in the next one year, so that there is a charging station within every 3 kms.

The Delhi EV Policy is being discussed worldwide now. It is the result of more than two years of hard work by the Delhi government in consultation with experts, Gahlot said.

“Singh has also assured to consider subsidies for 1,000 electric buses in the city. The Centre’s support will act as a huge catalyst to the policy and motivate more people and organisations to switch to EV,” the statement quoting Gahlot said.

The EV policy of Delhi government launched on August 7, 2020, by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal aims at having 5 lakh (25 percent of all new vehicle registrations) electric vehicles in Delhi by 2024. Along with providing category based incentives, it also aims to develop an effective network of charging stations and infrastructure throughout the city.

There are also provisions in the policy to encourage more private players to become partners in the initiative through setting up private charging stations/battery charging points while ensuring there is enough competition so that the technology is affordable to the common man, the statement added.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.