With the aim and objective of controlling vehicular emission and to encourage electric vehicles, Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday released 'The Manipur Electric Mobility Policy, 2022' during inauguration of two-day awareness cum workshop on ‘Electric Vehicles, Charging Infrastructure and Renewable Hybrid Energy in North East India’ at City Convention, Palace Compound, Imphal East.
The programme was jointly organised by the CSIR-IIP Dehradun and the CSIR-NEIST Branch Lab, Lamphelpat in association with the State Transport Department.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Biren said the policy was introduced in August to embrace and accelerate the pace of adoption of electric vehicles and the target is to facilitate adoption of at least 20 per cent electric vehicles in the state by 2026.
He said that with the increase of population, the number of vehicles is also increasing as well as vehicle emission and as such EV will be a permanent solution to solve the issue on vehicular emission mostly in the urban areas.
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Biren said, new owners of E-vehicles will be given the benefits of incentives under “The Manipur Electric Mobility Policy, 2022” in the form of a waiver of 20-30 per cent in Motor Vehicular Tax at the time of registration.
After considering the benefits of electric vehicles, the chief minister said the government will give priority to purchase electric vehicles for the government departments that are going to purchase new vehicles.
Transport Minister Kashim Vashum said the state transport department is signing a memorandum of understanding with CSIR, Dehradun to engage the institute as advisor to Manipur Transport department in electric vehicle related matters.
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Vashum said no parking fees will be charged in paid public parking space exclusively for e-vehicles. And to encourage the public on e-vehicles Tata power will be installing charging stations at Imphal city area and along the national and state highways.
He said the state transport department is planning to introduce electric passenger buses in the days to come.
Chairman Tourism Corporation of Manipur and MLA Karam Shyam; Chief Secretary, Rajesh Kumar; Director CSIR-IIP, Dehradun, Anjan Ray; Chief Scientist, HoD, AFLAD, CSIR-IIP Poonam Gupta; Principal Scientist CSIR-IIP, Atul Ranjan; Principal Scientist CSIR-IIP, Robindro Lairenlakpam, additional chief secretary planning, Vumlunmang Vualnam also attended the function as dignitaries.