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Delhi Transco Limited (DTL), will probably arrange approximately 1,000 public electric vehicle charging stations and 100-odd battery swapping points within the next few weeks.
The EV Charging Infrastructure Working Group held its fifth meeting. Four concessionaires were awarded letters of acceptance in March as a response to a proposal by DTL to organize the EV charging community.
“This tender, which is unique in India, uses the public-private partnership model for setting up EV chargers. This will lead to the lowest charging rate anywhere in the world, at Rs 2 per unit,” said Jasmine Shah, vice-chairman of the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi. She is also serving as chairman of the working party.
Shah said, “Currently, 896 public chargers and 103 battery swapping stations are being installed under the DTL tender. In August, the first set of charging stations will be opened. The most important thing is that the service charge was kept for the end consumer, and not revenue maximisation, which resulted in strong competition from private players to offer such a low fee.
Representatives from various authorities, trade specialists and energy discoms attended the assembly of the working group. Shah noted that websites had not become operational due to delays in the construction of the downstream electric infrastructure, and directed the discoms for speedy implementation.
CESL allows the transport division to establish public chargers at 20 bus stations. Recently, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal installed 45 EV charging points at 7 DTC depots: IP Estate, Rajghat, Nehru Place, Mehrauli, Kalkaji, and Dwarka sectors 2 and 8.