Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the creation of the country’s first electric vehicle city in the tribal-dominated Narmada district of Gujarat’s Kevadia area on World Environment Day.
The Kevadiya area of Gujarat will be known as the ‘Statue of Unity’ not only for the 182 meter tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel but also as the first city in the country to run only electric vehicles. The Statue of Unity Area Development and Tourism Operations Authority (SOUADTGA) on Sunday said it will develop the “country’s first electric vehicle-only area” at Kevadiya in Gujarat. Where only electric vehicles will be allowed to move.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the creation of the country’s first electric vehicle city in the tribal-dominated Narmada district of Gujarat’s Kevadia area on World Environment Day. A day after that, the authority has given information about this scheme.
The authority said, “Only electric vehicles will be allowed in the area under the (authority’s) possession. Tourists will also be provided with battery buses instead of diesel. Assistance will be provided to local residents to buy three wheeler e-vehicles.
subsidy will be given
Apart from support from Gujarat Energy Development Agency, the authority will also be given exemption in the form of subsidy in the purchase of electric vehicles. The officers and employees associated with the authority will also get the benefit of this scheme.
50 e-rickshaws will have to be driven
He said that the e-rickshaw plying company will initially have to run at least 50 rickshaws in the area under the authority. In the list of e-rickshaw drivers, priority will be given to the drivers already driving e-rickshaws including local women.
The authority said, “There is no polluting industry in Kevadiya. The city has two hydroelectric power plants that generate abundant eco-friendly electricity. Allowing only electric vehicles in the city will reduce air and noise pollution and make tourists feel better.
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