The UT administration of Chandigarh has granted a one-week extension to the municipal corporation (MC) to comply with its directives regarding the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in paid parking lots.
In a meeting chaired by UT administrator Banwarilal Purohit, it was decided that Crest would prepare and submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for signing with the MC to operationalize the charging stations within a week.
Crest has requested access to 44 MC parking lots for the installation of these charging stations. The administration has softened its stance, allowing the MC to establish a panel of stakeholders to determine suitable locations for the charging stations.
Mayor Anup Gupta explained that the panel would include councillors, representatives from market committees, and the relevant ward councillor where the parking lot is situated. He clarified that the MC has always been willing to provide locations, with the condition that all stakeholders are involved in the decision-making process.
For over three months, the UT administration and the MC have been in a standoff regarding the installation of these charging stations.