Navi Mumbai to have 36 electric car charging stations

Navi Mumbai to have 36 electric car charging stations

 In a recently taken decision, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has planned to set up 36 electric car charging stations for the benefit of commuters. This will be developed on the principle of 'Build, Use, and Transfer'.

Reports reveal that the tender process for the same has begun and the administration plans to facilitate five hundred buses and all the vehicles to run on batteries in the near future. Furthermore, updates show that zero pollution has been monitored in the municipal area.

Currently, the civic body has also been experimenting the same with bicycles as well as e-bikes; and NMMT buses will also be converted from diesel to CNG. However, with the corporation setting up 36 electric car charging stations in the city through a private company will benefit both the environment and commuters.

The civic body has inspected 36 locations for the same, and authorities believe that this will help reduce the level of pollution in the city.

With this move, NMMC will become the second corporation in the country to set up charging stations for electric vehicles. The municipality has given a lot of importance to the environment this year and has made provision for environmental developments in the budget. NMMC has so far converted more than 500 vehicles in its transport undertaking into CNG. Post this, the body has decided that the vehicles to be purchased should be battery powered.

Moreover, the buses in the district are currently running on diesel, which causes increased levels of pollution. Keeping this in mind, the central government has decided to raise awareness for the use of CNG vehicles and electric vehicles and is also giving grants to the state government and various municipal corporations to cover the same.

There are currently 30 electric buses operating in Navi Mumbai, and the municipality is trying to get 100 per cent buses running on CNG and electric.

Another 100 electric buses, in the future, will be provided to the municipality by the central government; and the diesel buses currently owned by the municipality are also being converted to CNG. This state government expects that the decision taken by the municipality will help in improving the air quality of Navi Mumbai.

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