February 23, 2024

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Prasar Bharati deploys second-largest electric vehicles fleet in Delhi 

Prasar Bharati electric vehicles

Prasar Bharati deploys second-largest electric vehicles fleet in Delhi 

Prasar Bharati, India’s public broadcaster in a green initiative of the government has announced that it has flagged off a fleet of 26 electric vehicles at All India Radio. The electric vehicles flagged off in the presence of DG, NSD and AIR NV Reddy.

Prasar Bharati electric vehicles

Shashi Shekhar Vempati the CEO of Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan & All India Radio) flagged the fleet of 26 electric vehicles. The All India Radio will now only use electric vehicles for all official purposes.

He tweeted that “Kudos to DG Shri NukalaVenudhar and AIR Team for taking the leap faith to “Go Green”. I am told this is 2nd largest fleet of electric vehicles to be deployed in Delhi. A small beginning towards realising the environmental goals laid out by Hon’ble PM.”

Prasar Bharati electric vehicles

Kolkata Police to add 226 electric vehicles into its fleet

Last month in November, the Kolkata Police had also announced that it is going to add 226 electric vehicles into its fleet in order to counter rising diesel prices and to escalate the maintenance costs of diesel-powered vehicles.

The adoption of electric vehicles will help to phase out 200 diesel-powered vehicles that are around 15 years old. The EVs will be taken on lease for eight years and will be divided into traffic, wireless and other units. The traffic police will at least get 78 vehicles. At present, the Kolkata Police has 4,000 vehicles that are regularly hired for special law and order duties.

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari

In February 2021, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has made a case for making it mandatory to use electric vehicles for all officials in government ministries and departments. Gadkari suggested that the use of electric vehicles should be made mandatory for all government officials.

Mandatory use of electric vehicles

He, further, urged Power Minister R K Singh to make it mandatory to use electric vehicles for officials in his department saying he will do so for his departments. He said that the use of 10,000 electric vehicles in Delhi can alone save Rs 30 crore per month.

The State government is working out plans to arrange electric two-wheelers for one lakh of its employees with an EMI deductible from their salary. Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO) had invited tenders for this initiative in order to reduce emissions. Delhi, Karnataka and Chandigarh have already started replacing government vehicles with electric vehicles.

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