Govt to Allot Land at Cheaper Rates to Promote Electric Vehicles

Electric VehiclesTo promote electric vehicles in the state, the urban development and housing (UDH) department will allot government land at concessional rates.

As per the order dated September 28, land will be allotted at 50% concession for the first 500 renewable energy-based EV charging stations installed within five years.

An official said, ” The land at concessional rates will be given to applicants whose applications will reach the urban local bodies of the district concerned through Renewable Energy Corporation. These urban bodies will prepare a proposal for allotment of land and send it to the state government”.

In the budget speech, chief minister Ashok Gehlot announced Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy, 2019, and Rajasthan Wind and Hybrid Energy Policy-2019. The provisions to allot land on the concessional rates are made under these policies.

An official informed, two types of charging stations—fast and slow, can be developed in the state. The fast-charging stations take 60 minutes and slow charging stations will take six hours to charge the vehicle.

As per the calculations, for slow charging stations in urban limits minimum of 800 square feet of land is required where at least 10 vehicles can be charged at a given time. Similarly, fast-charging stations require a set-up on a minimum of 460 square feet of land where it can have the capacity of six vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has also invited expression of interest (EOI) from private companies to install, operate and maintain charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in the city.

For the same, the civic body has identified nearly 75 locations. Recently, JDA also organized a pre-bid meeting to learn the queries of the investors. Following this, companies have been asked to submit EOI on October 28. “The companies discussed several issues such as procurement of electricity, time for lease, revenue share model and others. Now, based on the queries the document will be prepared for tenders”.

As per a survey, there are 15,000 EVs in the city. In the coming days, these stations will be as ubiquitous as petrol pumps in the JDA region. “The tentative cost of running an e-vehicle is between Rs 1.25 and Rs 1.50 per km.

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