Maharashtra government will buy only electric vehicles, decided to reduce pollution


In an effort to reduce pollution caused by transport, the Maharashtra government has now decided to buy or rent only electric vehicles. State Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray said that earlier the date was fixed for 1 April, which has now been done from the beginning of this year. Now only electric vehicles will be bought or rented for the use of state government and urban bodies.

Aaditya Thackeray tweeted, “In keeping with our commitment to promote clean mobility and citizens, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to buy or rent only Electric Vehicles from the beginning of this year.” Earlier, he had emphasized on electric vehicles to control pollution and announced the state’s Electric Vehicle Policy to encourage the use of vehicles that do not spread pollution.

The policy includes raising the share of electric vehicles in public transportation in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Nashik to 25 percent and converting 15 percent of the total Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses to electric by 2025.

Earlier in the capital Delhi also, measures have been announced to promote electric vehicles. The Delhi government has allowed vehicles with diesel engines older than 10 years to be converted into electric vehicles. With this, the decision to ban these diesel engined vehicles will be avoided. According to the orders issued by the National Green Tribunal in 2015 and the Supreme Court in 2018, vehicles with diesel engines older than 10 years and petrol engines older than 15 years cannot be driven in Delhi-NCR. Pollution remains a big problem in Delhi-NCR and the government is very serious about it. Recently, in Delhi, a decision was taken to ban diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol engines older than 15 years. Due to this lakhs of vehicles came under the purview of the ban. However, the installation of electric kits in old diesel cars will be allowed only after the testing agency declares the diesel car engine fit. The engine can be replaced with an electric system only after getting the approval.

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