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In order to boost its electric vehicles (EV) roadmap, the Uttar Pradesh government will soon float tenders for the supply of 600 electric buses and charging stations for public transport across major cities in the state.
The electric buses are proposed to be deployed in Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Agra, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Mathura, Gorakhpur and Shahjahanpur.
According to the plan, the government has estimated 2,00,000 charging stations to set up across UP in the next few years to cater to the growing fleet of public and private electric vehicles (EVs).
Apart from procuring electric buses from private companies, the Directorate of Uttar Pradesh Urban Transport would also facilitate setting up of charging stations and maintenance infrastructure to service the electric vehicles under the same tendering process.
In the meeting chaired on Friday by Urban Transport Minister Ashutosh Tandon, the government has directed officials to speedily complete the tendering process for procurement of 600 electric buses.
In last month on August 6, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet had cleared the much-awaited Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Mobility Policy 2019, which is projected to attract private investment to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore over the next 5 years and create nearly 50,000 job opportunities.
After the crucial cabinet meeting, UP cabinet minister and state government spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh said,
We have envisaged by 2024, nearly 70 percent of public transport buses in UP would be electric, with about 10,000 new buses being introduced for the purpose.
So far, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Maharashtra had already rolled out their Electric Vehicle (EV) policies.
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Adding the sector was key to cutting emissions and reducing oil imports, Singh said, “the policy focuses on three main planks — promoting the manufacture of EVs in the state, setting up charging stations and generating demand for such vehicles.”
According to the new EV policy, the state has offered various incentives, including land cost subsidy of 25 percent, up to Rs 50,00,000 subsidy on capital investment for technology transfers and Rs 25,00,000 capex subsidy on charging stations to mega anchor units and ultra mega battery units. The policy further offers 100 percent rebate on registration of e-vehicles, apart from 25 percent rebate on road tax.
This article first appeared on urbantransportnews.com
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