New Delhi. All departments of Delhi government will now use only electric vehicles. Kejriwal Government has taken a historic step in this direction. Delhi is now not only India but the first such state in the whole world, where all government departments have been instructed to use only electric vehicles.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia hoped that taking inspiration from this move of the Delhi government, the fight against pollution in the country and other cities of the world will be made the primary agenda. He said that today it is necessary to take the challenges related to climate change and environment very seriously. Like other cases, the Delhi Government has taken a big step in this matter.
An order in this regard has been issued by the Finance Department of Delhi Government. This order has been issued under the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020. According to it, it is mandatory to use electric vehicles within six months in lieu of all the existing fare based petrol, diesel, CNG driven vehicles in all the departments, autonomous institutions and subsidized institutions of the Government of Delhi. Detailed guidelines have also been issued regarding the purchase and rental or lease of such vehicles. Their number is about 2000.
As per the order issued by the Policy Division of the Finance Department of the Government of Delhi, PSU EESL will be used under the Gem Portal or the Energy Department of the Government of India to purchase and lease or lease such electric vehicles. . Provision has been made to take electric vehicles on dry lease or weight lease as per the convenience of the departments. Before taking such a vehicle for the first time it will be compulsory to get the permission of the Finance Department.
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Such permission will not be required to extend the existing contract. Permission will also not be required for the same number of new electric vehicles in place of the current IC engine vehicles permitted by the Finance Department.
Sisodia has expressed the hope that soon the use of electric vehicles in lieu of all vehicles will help improve Delhi’s environment. He informed that the Transport Department has been made the nodal agency to ensure this. A draft agreement is being prepared by the Transport Department for the purchase or rental or lease of vehicles in all departments.
The Deputy CM has directed all the departments, autonomous institutions and grant-making institutions of Delhi Government to send full information to the Transport Department by the 5th of every month regarding the steps taken in this direction. In this sequence, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal started the eight-week ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign.
In the first two weeks of the campaign, two-wheeler and three-wheeler owners were motivated to switch to e-vehicles. In the third week, four-wheeler owners will be encouraged to adopt e-vehicles. Let it be said that since August 2020, around 6000 e-vehicles have been sold in Delhi.