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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launches Electric Vehicle Policy

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the Electric Vehicle Policy on the 7th of August

which aims to reduce high pollution levels in the city and generate employment at the same

time. He further mentioned that the objective of the policy is that by 2024, at least 25 per cent of the new vehicles registrations need to be electric( EV).

Highlighting the need to have more EVs on Delhi roads, Kejriwal said that the need to have

clean transport is absolutely necessary for the war against pollution. "We have worked towards bringing down pollution here by 25% but not satisfied. The lockdown period revealed clear skies and now that we are moving back towards normalcy, we don't want that kind of development that contributes to pollution," he added.

Further, the policy makes a case for incentives of up to ₹1.5 lakh for the purchase of new

electric cars in the national capital region and also an incentive of up to ₹30,000 will be provided for e-two-wheelers, autos and e-rickshaws.

Kejriwal further added that the Electric Vehicle policy is an outcome of intensive consultations with experts from across the country. "This policy is the most progressive in the country and will be counted as one of the better ones anywhere in the world," he said. "For now, this policy is for three years but we will make changes in this time span if required."

Moreover, the Aam Aadmi Party government has facilitated the policy by committing to set up at least 200 charging stations in one year."We are also going to give a scrapping incentive for those wanting to exchange their petrol or diesel-run vehicles. In the country, this is the first time that scrapping incentive is being given," Kejriwal mentioned.

Reporter: Jaya Anisika

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