Tripura has adopted an electric vehicle policy to encourage EVs and reduce pollution.

The Tripura government has established the Tripura Electric Vehicle Policy 2022 to encourage electric cars in order to reduce vehicular pollution and save fuel, authorities said here on Wednesday.

According to a senior Transport Department official, Tripura is the 15th state in the country and the third in the northeastern area after Assam and Meghalaya to implement an electric car policy.

He stated that the Tripura Electric Vehicle Policy 2022 was enacted by the state government, led by Chief Minister (CM) Manik Saha, to encourage people to utilize more electric cars in the state. According to the official, Tripura has 60,000 different types of cars, with the government aiming to convert 10% of these 60,000 vehicles to electric drive over the next five years.

According to the source, the policy for electric cars is already in place in 14 states, including Assam and Meghalaya in the country's northeastern area.

Meanwhile, approximately 12,000 vehicles in Tripura, including 8,000 private automobiles and 3,800 auto-rickshaws, are powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) supplied by the state-owned Tripura Natural Gas Company Limited (TNGCL).

CNG is less expensive than petrol and diesel and emits no pollutants.

The TNGCL, a joint venture of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Tripura Industrial Development Corporation Ltd, and Assam Gas Company Ltd, was the first in eastern India to install CNG in 1990.

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