“14 of the world's 15 most polluted cities are in India”, says WHO Global. More than anybody else it is the city-dwellers who must stand-up and take responsibility for the catastrophe. However, the government of the bygone era also deserve equal rebuke for their role leading up to this too-late-to-change situation. But, the steps from the present Government are praiseworthy in this regard. Further adding up to the good work, The government has proposed to set up charging stations for electric vehicles. In a bid to expand electric vehicles usage 30,000 slow charging and 15,000 fast-charging stations will be installed in a phase-wise manner in the next 3-5 years. A welcome move indeed!
The range of the proposed stations will be as follows:
Potential Interested parties must expect fiscal incentives from municipal authorities. Reportedly, the who’s who of the Auto Industry including the likes of Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors as well as cab-hailing companies Ola and Uber, and EV startups have shown interest setting up charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Some important points that deserve highlight are:
1. PSU’s will head the rollout programme for EV charging stations. The government will be providing subsidies for the same.
2. Zeroing on potential land for lease will be done based on recommendations by local authorities and electricity distribution units.
3. The land will be leased for long-terms.
Public sector undertakings in the energy sector such as NTPC have started setting up such facilities in Maharashtra. Power Grid Corp, a PSU, in association with L&T Pvt. Ltd. will be developing the charging infrastructure across all metro stations in Hyderabad for e-cars and e-three wheelers.L&T has plans to be the flag bearer in this regard and hopes to build charging infrastructure at all metro rail corridors