New Delhi, Nov 1: Giving a fillip to electric-mobility in India, the Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said here the Government will be replacing five lakh cars being used by the Government and its agencies across the country by electric vehicles in a phased manner.
Fagging off the e-vehicles procured by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry Mr Javadekar said conscious efforts were being made by the Government in enabling e-mobility in the country.
“It is expected that the positive outcome of replacing existing petrol and diesel cars by e-vehicles will be saving 832 million litres while it will reduce 2:23 million tons of Co2”, he said.
Expressing his displeasure over recent politics and blame game done over the issue of pollution in Delhi, the Minister stated that it is of utmost importance that one must unite and fight against pollution, “The Central Government has shown the way in making all five State Governments sit together and find solutions towards curbing air pollution”.
He also appealed for synergy and cooperation in dealing with pollution and said it should be the way forward, instead of resorting to politics and blame game. ighlighting the role of Central Government towards the problem of air pollution in Delhi, the Minister said that earlier both Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways were only an issue of discussion, but the Centre implemented and built the expressways in five years and now around 60,000 vehicles have been diverted away from national capital, which has led to substantial reduction in pollution.
Expressing discontent over the inactive approach of Delhi Government, Mr Javadekar said around 3500 crore rupees which were to be given by the state government for Eastern Peripheral Expressway and bypass road was not released and only after the Supreme Court intervened an amount of 1000 crore rupees was sanctioned.
The Minister further expressed that by opting for e-vehicles, which are pollution free and has no particulate matter, it is a step in the right direction towards combating air pollution and also expressed his commitment to use e-vehicles as part of his daily routine. (UNI)