The Delhi government has to set an example to promote the adoption of electric vehicles. Hence, it has taken a step and decided that all vehicles hired by its departments will switch to electric mode within six months.
Every vehicle hired by Delhi government’s departments, autonomies bodies and grantee institutions under it will switch from petrol, diesel or CNG-run vehicles to electric ones. The government has also decided to gradually replace all its end-of-life vehicles with EVs and made these measures mandatory.
Manish Sisodia who is the Deputy CM said that it was chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s dream to make the city pollution free. “The decision that all government departments shift to EVs is a historic one,” he said, adding that Delhi will be the first capital in the world where all government departments switch to electric vehicles for road travel.
Mr. Sisodia also said that it is necessary to focus on the challenges related to a sustainable environment. Delhi government has prioritised the issue of curbing environmental distress along with its other major agenda items. Using Delhi as an example, cities of the world can ensure that using EVs is an important agenda in the fight to curb pollution.
The transport minister Mr. Kailash Gahlot tweeted -“Delhi government’s commitment to switch all its hired cars to electric in six months is unprecedented globally. As the nodal department, the transport department will leave no stone unturned to ensure a smooth transition. CM’s call for Switch Delhi marks the start of the EV revolution.”
Transport department will be the nodal department to monitor the progress of the transition from existing diesel or petrol vehicle fleets to EVs. All departments will have to show it monthly action reports on the transition to EVs by the fifth of every month.
Mr. Sisodia also added that – “Delhiites have time and again made efforts towards making our environment, our city green and clean. Switching to electric vehicles will be another effort that all of us together, will take to ensure that we continue this fight towards sustainability.”
Recently, the Delhi government also launched ‘Switch Delhi’ — an eight-week mass awareness campaign to sensitise Delhiites about the benefits of switching to EVs for the environment as well as the incentives and infrastructure being developed under the capital’s EV policy.