The government on Friday said it has sanctioned 670 electric buses for Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Chandigarh, and 241 charging stations in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and Port Blair under Phase-II of the FAME India Scheme.
Union Heavy Industries minister Prakash Javadekar said the decision reflects the Centre‘s commitment to reduce dependence on fossil fuel and address the issues of vehicular emissions, and is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s vision for eco-friendly public transportation.
This is a good start, these e-buses, e-rickshaws and e-scooties as well as e-cars for city use is the best way forward for environment friendly transport, Javadekar said.
In a series of tweets, the minister informed that 25 charging stations have been sanctioned in Kollam, 27 in Thiruvananthapuram and 28 in Malappuram (all in Kerala). Besides, 10 charging stations have been sanctioned in Port Blair and 25 in Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu.
Javadekar said the setting up of charging stations is a key infrastructures necessity to promote Electric Vehicles.
Happy to announce sanction of 670 Ebuses in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat & Chandigarh & 241 Charging Stations in MP, TN, Kerala, Gujarat & Port Blair under Phase-II of #FAME India Scheme.This is in line with PM @narendramodi ji’s vision to push for eco-friendly public transportation pic.twitter.com/A76yokEYg2
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) September 25, 2020