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MCG to Draw-in Firms to Build EV Charging Stations

MCG commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja directed the MCG officials to schedule a meeting to discuss the matter with the officials of the vehicle manufacturing companies at the earliest.

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has been planning to rope in automobile manufacturing companies in the city to install charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) outside their premises.

MCG Charging StationsMCG commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja directed the MCG officials to schedule a meeting to discuss the matter with the officials of the vehicle manufacturing companies at the earliest.

MCG public relation officer (PRO) Satyabir Singh Rohilla said that the manufacturers can use their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds under this plan, to install EV charging stations for the current transitional phase. “A station for charging three EVs, including three-wheelers, will cost around ₹1 lakh. During the meeting with the manufacturers, it will be decided if these EV charging stations will charge for the service or be free of cost initially,” said a senior MCG authority privy to the matter.

Rohilla also said that Ahuja has directed the officials to set up camps at all 18 autorickshaw stands in Gurugram where each EV manufacturer can display their three-wheeler EV models daily, on a rotational basis, for encouraging the owners and the drivers to switch to the battery-operated next-generation vehicles.

They held a meeting over the “increasing charging station facilities for EVs” under ‘Project Parivartan’.

Ahuja has also directed the MCG officials to hold meetings with the owners of commercial buildings, malls, and fuel stations at the earliest so that they can set up EV charging stations within their infrastructure. He has told the civic body officials to expedite the processing of 380 applications for purchasing three-wheeler EVs, which were acquired during a special camp that started in the city on March 10, according to the officials.

“The commissioner directed that all the 380 applications should be disbursed loans, and be supplied with the EVs as soon as possible, so that other autorickshaw owners also feel the need to do the same at the earliest. He also aims to avoid the situation where the owners might decide to purchase compressed natural gas (CNG) three-wheelers,” said an MCG official, requesting anonymity.

Project Parivartan has been launched to promote the use of electric autorickshaws in the city by replacing diesel and petrol autos, under a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order which states that diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years cannot ply in the national capital region (NCR).

Harbhajan Singh, chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Haryana chapter, for ‘Ease of Doing Business’, said that the MCG should ask the companies concerned to install EV charging stations at autorickshaw stands and near Metro stations on a large scale, instead of installing those outside their premises.

Singh also said that all the companies would have to install EV charging stations on their premises for their employees, who will switch to EVs shortly. “The firms will have to expend their CSR funds, but it would be better if they utilized it as such that a large number of EV users could be benefitted,” said Singh, who retired as board director ofHonda (two-wheelers) in 2020.

Meanwhile, the authorities said Ahuja has also directed his officials concerned to earmark more places for installing EV charging stations, in addition to the existing three stations located at Sector 27 community center, sectors 29 fire station, and MCG office in Sector 42.

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