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The corporation budget for 2021-22 proposes to encourage use of e-vehicles in the city. Deputy mayor P K Raju said a project to establish a tie up with public sector financial institutions to give aid to councillors to purchase electric scooters will be implemented at a cost of Rs.50 lakh.

The fine print of the project will be announced later. Raju said councillors should set an example for the public in the use of alternative energy and controlling air pollution in the city. He also announced a project to switch corporation-owned vehicles to electric ones.

Charging points will also be installed in the city. The project will be executed at a cost of Rs.30 crore. Purchase of new cars has always been a contentious issue in the council and with e-vehicles priced at higher costs than the normal vehicles, the viability of the project is a big question.

Recently, Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL) was selected for Elets Awards of Digital Excellence. SCTL’s project for promotion of e-mobility through e-autos was selected for the award under the category ‘innovations in smart cities’. SCTL has procured 15 e-autos to promote better electric mobility in the city. The cost of each vehicle is around Rs.2.95 lakh The vehicles are being driven by women beneficiaries shortlisted by Thiruvananthapuram municipal corporation, based on applications received.

This project was conceived to have socio- economic benefits for citizens.


Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 26.02.2021

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