With new policies to support solar and wind energy projects, the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) is now planning to add electric vehicles to their fleet including the heavy vehicles like trucks and buses. This step is in accordance with the MHA’s go-green 2022 plan in which they aspire to reduce the dependency on oil and gas that gives an expenditure of about INR 500 crore.
The blueprint to this for energy efficiency initiatives which is in sync with central government’s push to look for alternative power consumption was prepared in a meeting chaired by MHA Joint Secretary (PM) Vivek Bhardwaj late April, representatives from CRPF, ITBP, BSF and other central armed protection forces (CAPFs).
The power ministry has offered to supply electric cars to central govt agencies on lease or purchase them. If the deal is accepted it will increase the demand for electric vehicles by 5 lakh. But the list of approved vehicles would need to be updated to add electric vehicles in CAPF. IBTP is asked to submit a proposal regarding that.
Electric buses also prove to be a good medium for transportation of security forces in Naxalite areas as they are noiseless and can assure safe movement of forces. Also, the cost of electric vehicle procurement is quite higher than the petrol and diesel substitutes. The sanctioned amount or net dealer price (NDP) ceiling of Rs. 4.75 lakhs fixed by the union ministry of finance for purchase of any car needs to be revised.
With a view to shift 30 percent of the country’s fleet to electric by 2030. Policies like EESL tender, FAME, and FAME II are already working in coherence with the desired aim.
Source: The Economic Times
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