As per its ambitious EV policy to establish charging stations after every 3 km, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has installed 40 e-charging points and made operational for four-wheelers so far. These are at parking lots in Nehru Place, Lajpat Nagar, Kamal Cinema, B-6 Safdarjung, Greater Kailash R block, Millennium Park, Hauz Khaz, Defence Colony and other places.
SDMC has the target to make another 50 e-charging points operational by 15th August. All these stations are equipped with EV supply equipment, charger management system, meter box, LED screens and CCTV cameras. For uninterrupted power supply, it has already installed pole-mounted distribution transformers of 100 kilowatt each at 18 stations. These e-charging stations are being set up by public sector enterprises, including Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL). EESL has set up 35 e-charging points and BECIL five. The PSUs will be charging Rs 10 per kilowatt hour from customers.
Prem Shankar Jha, deputy commissioner, Remuneration and Project Cell of SDMC said – “Two-wheelers contribute to 2/3rd of the vehicular pollution in cities, which is why we are emphasising on creating separate points for charging two- wheelers, particularly on roadsides. Sites for these 35 points have been identified and Telecommunications Consultants India Limited has expressed interest in the project. But we will be able to finalise the sites after a joint survey. Even three-wheelers can be charged at these stations. Taking note of the future requirement, we are interested in setting up stations for them. The service providers in the e-commerce industry are mainly using a fleet of two-wheelers for supplying orders to customers and we expect them to use these stations in large numbers.”