Dushyant Singh Pundir
Chandigarh, February 8
To go green, the UT administration will unveil its draft electric vehicle policy this week. UT Advisor Dharam Pal reviewed the final draft of the policy today. After approval by UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit, suggestions/objections, if any, will be invited from the public.
To encourage buyers to switch from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric vehicles, a number of incentives will be given to consumers. A subsidy may be granted depending on the capacity of the vehicle’s battery. The benefit can be granted on a first-come, first-served basis and those who buy the vehicle early can get a bigger monetary benefit, an official said. To encourage plug-in electric vehicles, UT officials have proposed offering a number of other incentives such as waiving registration fees and road tax when buying an electric vehicle. and free parking.
The policy will come into effect on April 1 and will be in effect for a period of five years. Similarly, the Administration also plans to gradually replace two and three-wheeled combustion engine vehicles with electric vehicles.
Last September, the Administration set up a three-member committee to prepare a draft policy on electric vehicles in the city.
The policy would aim to reduce pollution in the city by reducing emissions from motor vehicles. The Administration will gradually improve the infrastructure to encourage the sale of electric vehicles in the city.
To reduce air and noise pollution and reliance on fossil fuels, the UT administration had put 40 electric buses into service on the city’s express lines. The authorities have also launched a process to purchase another 40 electric buses and these are expected to be received next year.