Punjab announces Rs 300 cr incentive to promote use of electric vehicles
Chandigarh: Punjab's transport minister Laljit Singh Bhullar has said that the state government will provide incentives worth around Rs 300 crore in the next three years to promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and reduce pollution. These incentives will be provided on electric two-wheelers, e-cycles, e-rickshaws, e-autos, and electric light commercial vehicles.
He directed the officials of the transport department to write a letter to the finance department for creating a dedicated EV fund to facilitate initiatives for the adoption of EVs in the state. He was presiding over a meeting of the state-level EV committee, which has been set up for the implementation of the Electric Vehicle Policy-2023 on Wednesday.
Bhullar took details of the responsibilities entrusted to various departments
According to an official statement, Bhullar took details of the responsibilities entrusted to various departments concerning the implementation of the EV policy and asked officials to ensure speedy implementation. Bhullar instructed the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd and Punjab Energy Development Agency officials to prepare a report within a month regarding the setting up of electric vehicle charging stations and identify suitable sites.
Minister instructed officials of Housing and Urban Department to formulate a policy
The minister also instructed officials of the Housing and Urban Department to formulate a policy for making provision for EV charging facilities in upcoming malls and housing societies. He instructed the secretary, transport and director, state transport, to expedite the process of scrapping government buses older than 15 years and replace them with electric buses.