New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced the passage of an electric vehicle policy by the Delhi cabinet in order to fight air pollution in the city, stated news agency PTI.
As part of this newly passed policy, subsidies are guaranteed by the government so as to promote e-vehicles, added Kejriwal. Besides, an electric vehicle board would be formed to implement the policy, stated the Aam Aadmi party supremo. As of now, the focus of the new electric vehicle policy is on two-wheelers and commercial vehicles since they are largely in operation, stated a report. It must be noted that the first draft of the ambitious policy was reportedly circulated in November 2018.
The vision of this e-vehicle policy is to ensure that at least 25 per cent of vehicles are electric vehicles by the year 2024, a report quoted Kejriwal as saying in the cabinet briefing on Monday. Besides seeking to minimise the air pollution level in the national capital city, the policy also aims to create large-scale employment opportunities, he added. “In five years, we hope that 5 lakh electric vehicles will be registered,” stated Kejriwal.
He noted that the policy aims to make Delhi the Electric Vehicle Capital of India. “Vehicles have been a major cause of pollution, 40% of PM 2.5 and 80% of NOx and Carbon Monoxide is due to vehicles,” tweeted AAP on its official Twitter handle, quoting its chief Kejriwal.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal fulfilled a long-pending election promise and launched the free WiFi scheme. This announcement was made in the wake of the Centre suspending internet services to check the Citizenship Act fallout. While Arvind Kejriwal launched the service from a bus stop in central Delhi’s ITO, his deputy Manish Sisodia inaugurated the scheme from the Delhi University area. The AAP government had in 2015 promised free WiFi across Delhi.