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EESL & SDMC to install 75 EV charging stations in Delhi

EESL and SDMC have signed an MoU for the installation of 75 electric vehicles (EVs) charging station in SDMC area over a period of 10 years
New Delhi: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under Ministry of Power, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), a civic body under Municipal Corporation of Delhi, to establish infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs charging stations) in SDMC area over a 10-year period. The MoU was signed by EESL's Managing Director (MD) Saurabh Kumar and SDMC's Municipal Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti in the presence of Union Minister of Power RK Singh and Lt Governor of NCT of Delhi Anil Baijal. Under this MoU, SDMC and EESL shall jointly work to fast-track the adoption of e-mobility in Delhi by installing around 75 public charging stations in SDMC Area. Speaking at the occasion, the minister said this initiative is part of the government’s vision to reduce carbon footprints. We will grow, but responsibly, he added. The minister also said that the government has taken a number of steps to promote environment-friendly electric vehicles, including revision in Electric Vehicle Charging Policy. Urging to promote the use of electric vehicles, he said all of us should take it forward. Speaking on the occasion, Baijal said that this is a good beginning. He also assured all help in resolving any issue that may arise in due course. The procurement of charging units, related infrastructure shall be borne by EESL, along with the operation and maintenance of public charging infrastructure by qualified manpower. SDMC, on the other hand, would be responsible for the provision of space for setting up charging infrastructure in its area. In the first phase, EV charging stations will be installed in 18 locations within six months from the effective date, selected through a joint survey by both the parties. The total number of finalised locations, as per the location assessment, will be 75 which may increase or decrease and include multi-level parking locations in Delhi as well.