Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched the ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign to promote electric vehicles and appealed to people to buy such vehicles to combat pollution in the city
Kejriwal said his government will hire only electric vehicles for various purposes in the next six weeks.
The Chief Minister also asked delivery chains and big companies, resident welfare associations, market associations, malls and cinema halls to promote electric vehicles and set up charging stations at their premises.
“I also want to appeal to the youth to buy an electric vehicle as their first vehicle.” He appealed to people to make the campaign a mass movement.
The Delhi government’s electric vehicle policy is considered one of the best in the world and it’s high time now to implement it with commitment, he said.
“In ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign, awareness will be created about benefits of electric vehicles and how it can contribute to making Delhi clean and pollution-free. I appeal to people to take part in the campaign to promote the replacement of polluting petrol and diesel vehicles with electric vehicles and make contribution towards a pollution-free Delhi,” he said.
Under its electric vehicle policy, the Delhi government has planned extensive subsidies on purchase of electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers, besides waiving road tax and registration charges, he said.
More than 6,000 electric vehicles have been purchased since the policy launch in August 2020. The government has also issued tenders for setting up 100 charging stations across the city, Kejriwal said.
The government has fixed an ambitious target of 25% electric vehicles among total vehicle registrations in Delhi by 2024, he added.