In a bid to push electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the country, the Indian government has approved the setting up of 70 EV charging stations in Chandigarh. These charging stations are spread across 62 cities in 24 states and union territories. They are going to be established under the second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) scheme.
Prakash Javadekar, minister of heavy industries and public enterprises, said that the installation of these charging stations will ensure that at least one EV charging spot is available in every sector in Chandigarh. The availability of EV charging stations would encourage EV manufacturers to launch new EV models.
For these charging stations, the department of heavy industries has invited expressions of interest from stakeholders to avail incentives under the FAME II programme for deployment of EV charging infrastructure.
The government is also working on locating land for these charging stations, approvals from various departments, and partnerships with city municipal corporations, oil companies. The licenses will be issued post this process.
Later, the approved public entities will be required to start the procurement process in a time-bound manner for the deployment of sanctioned charging stations.
News Source: The Indian Express
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