The approved electric vehicle policy, which will be launched in 2 tourist towns in Himachal: The Tribune India

Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune press service

Shimla, December 3

After being one of the main states to start using electric vehicles for public transport, the Himachal government is now planning to launch a pilot project to make two tourist towns model towns for readiness and adoption. electric vehicles.

“The Cabinet has given the green light to the draft electric vehicle policy and we will soon be launching an electric vehicle project in two tourist towns, be it Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala or Dalhousie so that people can be encouraged to move on. to pollution-free electric vehicles, ”Thakur said. He said the use of electric vehicles would go a long way in reducing pollution levels.

As part of the pilot project in two tourist towns, low-emission or zero-emission zones will be created where only electric vehicles, walking or cycling will be allowed. Local authorities will be asked to identify areas, regulations and timetables. Priority will be given to tourist sites, environmentally sensitive areas and classified forests in order to have minimum emission levels.

The electric vehicle policy aims to support mobility solutions that are sustainable, safe, respectful of the environment and integrated into the state of the hills. The government has set a target of converting 15% of the 21 lakh vehicles to electric vehicles for which incentives will be offered in the policy. Currently, 75 electric buses are used by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) in addition to 50 electric taxis and 150 three-wheelers.

The policy contemplates the use of electric vehicles by government institutions and in public transport. In order to encourage people to use electric vehicles, some incentives such as the road tax exemption under Himachal Pradesh Vehicle Taxation Act 1972 and license exemptions have already been granted. . In addition, there would be an exclusive reserved parking for electric vehicles with charging infrastructure in high volume parking spaces.

Himachal is one of the few states to adopt electric vehicles and use them for public transport. It is on the directives of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that the experimentation of the use of electric vehicles on the ecologically fragile section of 51 km between Manali-Rohtang was undertaken. Since then, these buses have been used not only on this route but also in the state capital of Shimla.

However, the challenge facing the government is to provide a network of public charging stations, both in cities and on highways. This will include fast-charging stations on busy national highways and slow-charging stations on state highways.

Low-emission or zero-emission zones to be created

  • As part of the pilot project in two tourist towns, low-emission or zero-emission zones will be created where only electric vehicles, walking or cycling will be allowed. Local authorities will be asked to identify areas, regulations and timetables.
  • Priority will be given to tourist sites, environmentally sensitive areas and classified forests in order to have minimum emission levels.

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