The Union government has sent a fresh reminder to the UT administration and sought progress report from the Chandigarh administration on the steps initiated to promote electric vehicles in the city and also on electric vehicle charging stations.
The Centre had sought the report from the UT administration in October. A fresh reminder was sent to the UT administration recently. In August 2019, the ministry had asked the UT administration to initiate steps.
A senior UT official said the UT administration had recently succeeded in getting a nod of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for fixing power tariff plan for electric vehicle charging stations in the city. This was for the first time that the power tariff plan for electricity vehicle charging stations was fixed, he added.
However, sources added that the vehicle charging stations, installed at different parking lots, are still non-functional. Such stations were installed in Sector 8 parking lot, Sukhna Lake parking lot etc. The UT administration is already working on promoting hybrid and electric vehicles.
Recently, the Centre had sanctioned 80 electric buses for Chandigarh under the Phase-II of the FAME India Scheme.