On the occasion of Himalaya Day, the Uttarakhand state government announced a subsidy upto Rs 50,000 for the first 1,000 registered four-wheel electric vehicles and subsidy upto Rs 7,500 for the first 5,000 two-wheeler buyers.
This was announced by Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami while attending a webinar. He laid importance on the need to strike a balance between development and conservation. The cost of around 250 vehicle charging points across the state which is estimated around Rs 10 crore will be borne by the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board (UPCB).
Anand Bardhan, additional chief secretary, state forest and environment department said – “The aim is to promote pollution-free vehicles in the state as we are already battling against the smoke of forest fires and tourist vehicles. At least our local vehicles should be electric so that pollution to an extent is reduced.”
SP Subudhi, Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board member, said that Uttarakhand will also bear the cost of electricity of the charging centres.
He added, “In the first two years, it would cost around Rs 10 crore and our UPCB will bear its cost. The electricity will be charged at domestic rates, not commercial.”
At this event, a book ‘Himalaya Diwas’ under the aegis of Himalaya United Mision was also launched.