Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said, A total of 10,60,707 electric vehicles were registered in India to date, while 1,742 public charging stations (PCS) were established and are now operational in the country. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said electric charging stations are to be provided by the developer on national highways as part of the wayside amenities (WSAs).
“The number of electric vehicles in the country, as per Vahan 4 data as of till date is 10,60,707, and a total of 1,742 Public Charging Stations (PCS) were only there, as per Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), are operational in the country as on March 21, 2022,” Gadkari said. He said the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has already awarded 39 such facilities for development.
Gadkari said 816 fee toll plazas are operational on national highways across the country as of March 21, 2022. On the policy regarding winding up of a toll plaza, he explained that as per National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008, in case of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects, after completion of concession period, users fee is to be collected by the central government at rate of 40 per cent. in the case of public-funded projects, the user fee rates are to be reduced to 40 per cent after recovering capital cost of project,