New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, while presenting the budget for financial year 2021-22 on Tuesday said that the Delhi government aims to convert the entire transport fleet of Delhi into electric in the next 25 years.
This will be a huge step in order to make the national capital pollution free in future. He said, “We sincerely hope that when the country is celebrating its 100th Independence Day, our Delhi will be 100 per cent free from vehicular pollution.” He further added that the aspirational dream of converting the transport system of Delhi into electric is not impossible.
Sisodia said that the biggest step to reduce the air pollution in the national capital is the implementation of "possibly the world's most progressive" electric vehicle policy in the national capital since August 2020.
He further added, “Due to this, Delhi has also become an 'electric vehicle capital'... The share of electric vehicles has increased from 0.2 per cent to 2.21 per cent. This is a major indication of the success of the electric vehicle policy.”
The government has outlined a plan to achieve this target. The number of charging stations for electric vehicles are to be increased to 500 from 72. The government plans to install a charging station every three kilometer for the convenience of people owning EVs. This would play an important role in making the EVs more feasible for common people.
The electric vehicles are affordable in the national capital because of the subsidies offered by the government as per the Delhi EV policy of August, 2020.