Niti Aayog sug­gests in­cen­tives on elec­tric ve­hi­cles to com­bat air pol­lu­tion

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Niti Aayog has pitched for elec­tric ve­hi­cles to re­duce air pol­lu­tion. The gov­ern­ment think tank has re­leased a 15-point ac­tion plan for com­bat­ing air pol­lu­tion in cities strug­gling with poor air qual­ity. “In­crease dis­tri­bu­tion of elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles:.this should be car­ried out through nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial mea­sures and in­fras­truc­tural sup­port. The pro­cure­ment of elec­tric ve­hi­cles should be mandatory for ve­hi­cles for cen­tral gov­ern­ment use and cer­tain pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties. All cen­tral gov­ern­ment of­fices should re­place ex­ist­ing fleets older than 15 years with elec­tric ve­hi­cles in three years, that is, by 2021 April,” the draft pa­per said. It also sug­gested ad­di­tional in­cen­tives like free reg­is­tra­tion and ease of get­ting per­mits for such ve­hi­cles.

Arun ku­mar

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