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Electric autos likely to hit Delhi roads in 2-3 months | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: In the next three months, you will find non-polluting electric auto-rickshaws running up and down Delhi’s roads and ferrying passengers. The transport department is going to hold the first draw to allot 4,261 permits for e-autos on Monday. Once the permits are given, the successful allottees will take about 2-3 months to buy e-autos and start driving.
Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot said after the Supreme Court disposed of the petition against the government’s policy to bring in green vehicles, his department has tweaked it to fast-track the allotment process.
There were concerns that while the original allottee of the CNG autorickshaw permit was allowed to transfer it only after five years, the e-auto permit was allowed to be transferred in just one year. We have changed that provision,” Gahlot said.
The transport department has also made it clear that a permit allotted to a woman applicant can only be transferred to another woman, the minister said.
“Since women’s autos will be of a different colour, it will easily come to notice if a man is driving it,” Gahlot said.
The transport department in November had invited applications to grant permits to run 4,261 autorickshaws in the capital. The department has also reserved 33% permits, 1,406 e-autos for women. Since only 698 women applied for the permit, Gahlot said the remaining 708 permits would be given to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to be allotted to women drivers to run e-autos for the last mile connectivity.
Once the draw is completed, the transport department is expected to issue the permits within a few days. While the public service vehicle (PSV) badge was not a mandatory requirement at the time of application, the successful applicants will have to obtain a PSV badge within 45 days of the draw of allotment.
The Delhi government is also providing a purchase incentive of Rs 30,000 per e-auto and the facility of loans with a 5% interest subvention through empanelled agencies, apart from exemption from registration fees and road tax under its electric vehicle policy. The government is also developing public charging stations across the city.
Earlier, the transport department had organised a seven day ‘e-Auto Mela’ for the prospective e-auto drivers. Switching to non-polluting electric vehicles has been of highest priority for the government, Gahlot said.





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