In a major move to shift the vehicles in the national capital to electric vehicles (EVs), the Government of Delhi laid the foundation stone of the first public EV charging plaza and a charging station at Nehru Place DTC Bus Terminal in Delhi on September 13.
For the EV charging station at the Nehru Place Bus Terminus, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had allotted an area of 10mx9m to Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) which will likely complete the installation and other works and will open the facility for the public within a month.
Transport Minister of Delhi Kailash Gahlot lauded the efforts of CM Arvind Kejriwal to promote EVs among the residents of Delhi. Mentioning the Delhi government’s intention of making the national capital pollution-free, Gahlot took to Twitter saying, “CESL will complete its construction work within a month. CM @ArvindKejriwal and I are committed to make Delhi pollution-free #EVCapital.”
Speaking to the media persons, the Transport Minister said that keeping the aim of making Delhi a pollution-free city in mind, the Delhi government has been recurringly taking steps to promote EVs in the capital. “We came here to lay the foundation stone for promoting the same.”
Briefing on the initiatives by the government, he said that as many as 17,000 EVs have been registered in Delhi in the last year under the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020. He called Delhi EV policy “best in the country”. He said, “We have selected seven places, which we will complete and dedicate it to the public between September 30 and October 7 this year, provided we get an e-vehicle charging station for every two to three kilometres. Hopefully, people will get a lot of convenience with this step in the future ahead.”
Informing about the seven places where the charging infrastructure for the EVs will be set up, Gahlot listed Dwarka Sector-8, Dwarka Sector-2 Depot, Mehrauli Terminal, Nehru Place Terminal, Okhla CW-II, Sukhdev Vihar Depot and Kalkaji Depot. All these mentioned places will be equipped with a total of six charging points, three dedicated to two-wheelers while the other three for four-wheelers.