In a first of its kind, the JERC has fixed tariff plans for electric vehicle charging stations in Chandigarh. JERC (Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission) has acted as per the UT electricity department’s directives to set up such tariffs across the city.
The commission has fixed Rs.4 per unit and Rs.100 as a fixed monthly charge on electricity. It is lower than the earlier proposed rate of Rs.5 per unit in the slab of 0-150 units; Rs 5.30 and Rs 5.60 per unit for 151-400 units and above 400 units, respectively.
The UT administration is acting as per the policy of Central government’s “National Electric Mobility Mission Plan”, which aims at promoting hybrid and electric vehicles in the country. The transport department had visited Nagpur 2 years back to study the setup of the vehicle charging station
Chandigarh is reportedly a high vehicle density city and has 12 lakhs registered vehicles with an average of 2 vehicles per house leading to higher air pollution in the city. To reduce the air pollution level, the CTU (Chandigarh Transport Undertaking) will induct 20 electric bus costing Rs.5 crore in its fleet. The Central government will be bearing 60% of the cost of these buses. Already 3000 e-rickshaw are there in the city and with the buses coming in the public transport will be greener and cleaner.
The Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) will install 800KW solar plant and the first charging station would come up at sector-42 lake and UT administration would be consuming 90KW for the charging station. A 90 KW charging station would have the capacity to charge 65 cars per day. Going forward, similar projects would be set up in sector 15, 17 and 19.
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