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Bengaluru: Charging facility for electric vehicles to be mandatory in high rise buildings

From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Sep 13: The State Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new ‘Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy 2017’ aimed at making mandatory charging facility for vehicles in all high rise buildings such as IT parks, SEZs, malls and apartments in Karnataka.

The policy proposes to make amendments to building by-laws for providing mandatory charging infrastructure in all high rise buildings such as IT parks, SEZs, malls, and apartments.

The policy aimed to attract investments of Rs 31,000 crore and create employment opportunities to 55,000 persons both from supply and demand side; and to provide opportunities for developing R & D in electric mobility.

Karnataka’s Ministry of Large and Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development headed by R V Deshpande drafted the policy in consultations with major stakeholders and industrial bodies.

The policy would make the State a preferred investment destination for manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs), Deshpande said.

The policy envisages investment subsidy for setting up BIS standard, EV charging stations/infrastructure in private properties, public places including airports, railway stations and metro stations.

A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) involving City’s civic agencies like BBMP, BMTC, BESCOM, KREDL and KIADB would be mooted for creation of more Charging infrastructure in Bengaluru City.

It also proposes to establish working groups with supporting grants for development of necessary technologies from concept to market in the areas of Drive technologies; Battery technologies; Charging infrastructure and network integration; standards and certification; materials and recycling; quality and training etc.

Start-ups would be encouraged to develop business models focused on supporting economic applications for electric vehicles.

It also seeks to commission the ‘Karnataka Electric Mobility Research and Innovation Centre’ in Karnataka and extend necessary support to make it a world class research hub.

It proposes to set up a EV skill development centre in collaboration with the industry for up skilling the work force to augment the manpower required for the EV industry

Attractive Incentives and Concessions in line with the Industrial Policy 2014-19 to EV manufacture sector, battery manufacturing, charging equipment enterprises throughout the State including Bengaluru District.

Talking about the policy, the minister said "I am very happy to announce the launch of the much awaited Electric Vehicle Policy for the State. The development and formation of this path breaking policy has been a combined effort of the government and key industry players through roundtables organised by Carnegie India and a series of workshops held during the last four to five months”.

"I am sure that this policy would be a game changer in the Industry and will be a model for other states. Our real work starts now on focussing on developing a ready ecosystem for a vibrant electric vehicle sector in the State to ensure the success of this policy by providing all the required government and infrastructure support needed by the service providers, operators and facilitators," Deshpande added.

Comment on this article

  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Given the pathetic electricity production and distribution in the state, I wonder where will the power supply come from to feed these charging facilities??

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  • P Rebello, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Electric Vehicles are the future of transport, but not pollution free!
    The Idea that there is no emission from vehicle is totally wrong.
    There is lot of pollution in making batteries itself & then the disposal.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Good arrangement and quite useful to those who reside in these buildings

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    I feel sad for Ambani ...

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Single family houses costing 99 Lacks and above should be ordered to be Solar and Electric vehicle ready.

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  • Jeevan U A S, Siddakatte

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    E vehicles are the future. If we harness solar power to charge our vehicles not only we are saving our money in fuel we are saving our health as well.. from pollution ..what we need is a vehicles with quality lithium batteries and solar panels on our roofs to charge them..

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