Kejriwal launches ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign to promote EVs to combat pollution

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'Switch Delhi' campaign

New Delhi (NVI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today launched a mass awareness campaign ‘Switch Delhi’ to promote the use of Electric vehicles in the national capital to combat air pollution while urging companies and individuals to switch to EVs.

Notably, the Delhi government had announced an Electric Vehicle policy in August last year, in a bid to reduce air pollution. Kejriwal, in his virtual briefing today, said that this EV policy is not only best in the country but also one of the best policies in the world to promote the use of Electric Vehicles.

Since the launch of the policy, more than 6,000 electric vehicles have been purchased. The government has also issued tenders for setting up 100 charging stations across the city, Kejriwal said.

He said that now this policy needs to be implemented and for this, the Delhi government has an ambitious approach. He added that the government has fixed an ambitious target of 25 per cent electric vehicles among total vehicle registrations in Delhi by 2024.

Kejriwal further mentioned the subsidy plan on a big level for the purchase of EVs. “If you buy a two or three-wheeler, then you can get a subsidy of Rs 30,000. If you buy a four-wheeler, then you can get a subsidy of around Rs 1.5 lakh,” the Delhi CM said, adding the subsidy amount will be deposited directly in the account after three days of purchase of EV.

Apart from that, Kejriwal informed that there will be no road tax, no registration charges on the purchase of EVs.

While appealing to the people to make the campaign a mass movement, Kejriwal appealed to the youth to buy an electric vehicle as their first vehicle.

He said in the next six weeks, his government will hire only electric vehicles for various purposes. He also urged resident welfare associations, market associations, delivery chains and big companies, malls and cinema halls to promote electric vehicles and set up charging stations at their premises.

He also appealed to people to take part in the campaign to promote the replacement of polluting petrol and diesel vehicles with electric vehicles and make a contribution towards a pollution-free Delhi.