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Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow

To promote electric vehicles, the Uttar Pradesh government has prepared a blueprint to set up a network of charging stations in big cities.

Under the EV policy, the Yogi Adityanath government 2.0 is not just focusing on promoting the manufacturing of electric vehicles, but also making efforts to ramp up charging infrastructure.

In this regard, the urban development department has started the process of extending the Comprehensive Electric Mobility Plan (CEMP) to 17 big cities under the Smart City Mission. A working group has been formed to fast-track the agenda.

Under the policy, land will be made available on lease for a period of 10 years to government entities for setting up charging stations, while the revenue sharing model prescribed by the union power ministry will be adopted.

Similarly, land will be provided on lease for a period of 10 years to private entities for setting up charging stations through equitable revenue sharing model.

The selection of institutions will be made on the basis of the minimum service fee quoted by a firm in tendering, and it will entail consumers have to pay the minimum charging fee.

The state government is coordinating with NITI Aayog and Asian Development Bank in preparing the CEMP for Lucknow.

This scheme will be launched in all the 17 municipal corporation cities selected under the Smart City Mission as soon as possible, and extended to other cities in future. Strategic routes will be identified for the charging facilities.

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A portal will be developed under CEMP to provide the necessary information regarding the EV domain such as location of charging stations, green routes etc in all cities. In future, it can also be integrated with PM Gati Shakti Yojana as well.

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