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Source:- IBEF

“The government has invited proposals from organisations that plan to develop and operate charging infrastructure on major highways and expressways in the country for the construction of charging stations.

An Expression of Interest has been floated by the Department of Heavy Industries to invite proposals to construct and operate public EV charging infrastructure from government agencies, PSUs (State / Central), state-owned DISCOM, Oil PSUs and similar public and private entities.

Proposals for the construction and operation of EV charging infrastructure on the Mumbai-Pune, Ahmedabad-Vadodara, Delhi-Agra Yamuna, Bengaluru-Mysore, Bengaluru-Chennai, Surat-Mumbai, Agra-Lucknow, Eastern Peripheral and Hyderabad-ORR Expressways were invited from interested entities.

Similarly, proposals from highway operators like Delhi-Srinagar, Delhi Kolkata, Agra-Nagpur, Meerut to Gangotri Dham, Mumbai-Delhi, Mumbai-Panaji, Mumbai-Nagpur, Mumbai-Bengaluru and Kolkata to Bhubaneswar have also been invited.

The Government of India (GoI) intends to encourage the growth of the EV charging infrastructure under Phase II of the FAME India Scheme by extending capital grants to organisations encouraging the use of electric vehicles (EVs).

Phase II of the FAME India Scheme [Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India] has been approved by the Centre for 3 years, starting on 1 April 2019.

The electrification of public and shared transportation is its priority.”