Karnataka Government To Bring In Action Plan For Electric Vehicles PolicyElectric bus in Bengaluru by BMTC (Ramesh N G/Wikimedia Commons)

The Karnataka government today (30 November) said it would soon unveil an action plan for implementation of its electric vehicle and energy storage policy aimed at creating conducive environment and necessary infrastructure for electric mobility in the city.

Stakeholders would meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tomorrow (1 December) with regard to the action plan on electric vehicles and battery charging, Minister for Major and Medium Industries R V Deshpande told reporters.

"How fast we can bring Bengaluru under the map of EV (electric vehicle) we will discuss in the meeting. We will come out with a guideline or a road map for the state, but mainly for the Bengaluru city," he said.

The meeting is expected to be attended by urban planners, officials, and electric vehicle manufacturers among others.

The state government in last September came out with an "Electric vehicle and energy storage policy, 2017" with a vision to make the state preferred investment destination for manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs).

It sought to leverage advantages and opportunities available for the sustained development of this "promising segment".

The objectives of the policy include attracting investment of Rs 31,000 crore and creating employment opportunity to 55,000 people both from supply and demand side.

Besides it seeks to create conducive environment for transition to electric vehicle environment from internal combustion engines and also to provide opportunities for developing research and development capabilities in electric mobility.

Describing the policy as "unique", Deshpande said it has been received well, and a Chinese company had come forward formaking electric buses.

To considerably decrease dependence on petrol or diesel by 2030, infrastructure for electric vehicles had to be created in cities like Bengaluru, he said.

"For the creation of infrastructure we need to have a time bound programme, we will be doing it. We will come out with an action plan on implementing the policy as far as Bangalore city is concerned," he said.

He said the government wanted to bring more and more electric vehicles in the city as they were environment and eco-friendly. PTI

Also Read: Switching To Electric Cars By 2030: What India Needs To Do

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