A civic body in North Delhi will buy electric vehicles just for the purpose of going green
In one bet on green, the New Delhi City Council (NDMC) plans to only purchase electric vehicles for official use and for law enforcement campaigns. The council also decided to stop buying and leasing gasoline and CNG vehicles, officials said.
They added that NDMC currently has about 80 electric cars for official purposes and a large number of vehicles have been assigned to heads of departments. Moreover, NDMC areas have the highest number of electric charging stations in Delhi.
“We have decided to go completely green and our mission is to reduce pollution in and around the New Delhi area in the coming days. All new vehicles purchased for official use are electric vehicles,” said a senior NDMC official, who did not wish to be named.
Officials said the council was also focusing on measures to speed up the electric charging infrastructure system in the Luytens area. Currently, there are around 30-35 charging stations in the NDMC building. Besides these, there are around 60 others in the New Delhi area.
“The goal is 100 stations by the end of this exercise. It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to charge a car and the waiting period will decrease as charging stations increase,” officials said.
The civic body also announced the purchase of 300 electric scooters for last-mile connectivity. These scooters will be available for rent at metro stations, bus stops, train stations and other busy public places.