Due to the current scarcity of charging stations, the state government has exempted a subset of officials from purchasing Electric Vehicles (EVs) till March of next year.
Previously, the state government's Electric Vehicle policy called for the mandatory purchase of Electric Vehicles for all government offices beginning in January of this year.
The state government's Environment and Climate Change Department, on the other hand, has designated 16 public institutions that will be required to acquire EVs solely going forward due to the authorities comparatively low official travel.
Due to the nature of their jobs, certain government officials must travel extensively. Existing e-vehicles on the market have a limited running capacity per charged set of batteries, ranging from three to six hours. As a result, government officials who regularly travel for official purposes may experience challenges, Sandeep Kamble, deputy secretary of the Environment and Climate Change Department, stated in a recent Government Decision (GR).
The government, semi-government and other state-run establishments that need to undertake mandatory purchase of e-vehicle from April include all Mantralaya departments, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, all local self-governing bodies, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, Town Planning department, Directorate of Information and Publicity, State Information Commission, Maharashtra Public Service Commission, Lokayukta, all Police Commissionerates, State Transport Department, Forensic Laboratories, different courts, Maharashtra Maritime Board and Treasury Offices, among others.
As a policy concern, a top government official emphasized the need for more e-charging stations around the state. The sale of e-vehicles will not gain traction until and until hassle-free and smooth charging facilities are provided, he stated.
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