Recently, the UT administration has come up with the decision to frame guidelines for installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on public land in the city.
Debendra Dalai, Director, Environment has been made the nodal officer to coordinate with departments for setting up stations across the city as the process involves different departments.
Mr. Dalai, who is also the CEO of Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) said they are receiving requests and proposals from public sector undertakings (PSUs) for setting up the stations. The UT is finalising guidelines, which will be completed in a month or two, and accordingly, permission will be given to PSUs and private companies.
The guidelines will also cover the already installed charging stations in different parking lots in the city. Crest will be the nodal agency for light vehicles and Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) for heavy vehicles.
Recently, the Centre had sent a communication to the administration and had sought a progress report on the steps initiated to promote electric vehicles and charging stations. A senior official said the administration had recently succeeded in getting the nod of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for fixing the power tariff plan for electric vehicle charging stations. This was for the first time that the power tariff plan for electric vehicle charging stations was fixed. The administration is already working on promoting hybrid and electric vehicles.