670 New Electric Buses And 241 Charging Stations Sanctioned By Government Of India

A big push towards Prime Minister's vision of eco friendly transportation says Prakash Javadekar
670 New Electric Buses And 241 Charging Stations Sanctioned By Government Of India

NEW DELHI || In a big push towards electric mobility the Government has sanctioned 670 Electric buses in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Chandigarh and 241 Charging Stations in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and Port Blair under Phase-II of FAME India Scheme.

Announcing this in a series of tweet messages, Union Heavy Industries minister, Prakash Javadekar said that the decision reflects government's commitment to reduce dependence on fossil fuel and to address issues of vehicular emissions. Javadekar further said that the decision is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for eco-friendly public transportation.

At present, Phase-II of FAME India Scheme is being implemented for a period of 3 years w.e.f. April 1, 2019 with a total budgetary support of Rs 10,000 crore.

The Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) under Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, is administering the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme since April, 2015 to promote adoption of electric/ hybrid vehicles (xEVs) in India .

In the First Phase of the Scheme upto March 31, 2019, about 2,80,987 hybrid and electric vehicles were supported by way of demand incentive, amounting to about Rs 359 crore. Further, DHI sanctioned 425 electric and hybrid buses to various cities in the country with total cost of about Rs 280 Crores.

The Department of Heavy Industry had also sanctioned 520 Charging Stations for Rs 43 Crore (approx) in cities like Bangalore, Chandigarh, Jaipur and NCR of Delhi under Phase-I of FAME-India Scheme

This phase focuses on supporting electrification of public & shared transportation and aims to support, through subsidies, approximately 7000 e-Buses, 5 lakh e-3 Wheelers, 55000 e-4 Wheeler Passenger Cars and 10 lakh e-2 Wheelers. In addition, creation of charging infrastructure is also supported to address the anxiety among users of electric vehicles.

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