Delhi CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal announces Delhi Government's ambitious Electric Vehicle Policy

- EV Policy adopted to address the issue of pollution in Delhi: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

- Electric vehicles to contribute to 25% of all new vehicle registrations by 2024: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

- Provision of subsidies available for the purchase of and transition to electric vehicles

- EV Policy aims to transform national capital to EV Capital of India: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI,23rd December 2019: Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal today announced that the cabinet has given its approval to the Delhi government's ambitious Electric Vehicle Policy, which aims to reduce pollution levels in the city and generate employment in the transportation sector.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "To tackle the issue of air pollution in Delhi, the cabinet has decided to pass the Electric Vehicle Policy, which is a very ambitious policy in its scope and vision. We aim to transform the national capital into the EV Capital of India. Vehicles are the biggest source of pollution in the capital and amount to 40% of PM2.5 air pollution levels and 80% of carbon monoxide in the air. The first draft of the Delhi EV Policy came out in November 2018 last year and was put on the public domain. Several rounds of discussion with the experts and the general public were held to invite suggestions. We received comments from various associations such as the United Nations Environment Program, International Council on Clean Transport, and industry bodies such as CII, and Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles and non-profit organizations such as CSE, etc. The comments were taken into purview and incorporated in the formulation of the policy."

Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 aims to induct electric vehicles which shall contribute to 25% of the newly registered vehicles across Delhi. "Along with reducing pollution levels in the city, the policy also aims to generate employment in the transport sector. The maximum emphasis is laid on two-wheelers, public transport and shared vehicles, and goods-carriers," said CM Kejriwal.

Briefing the media about the details of the EV Policy, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "Currently, the percentage strength of electric two-wheelers is less than 0.2% and that of three-wheelers is almost zero. We hope that 35,000 electric vehicles will be inducted in Delhi within the next one year, and 250 charging stations will be constructed across the city. We also hope that within the next five years, five lakh electric vehicles will be registered in Delhi. Over their lifetime, these electric vehicles are estimated to save approximately Rs 6,000 crores worth of oil and liquid natural gas consumption. They will also avoid emissions of 4.8 million tonnes of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions, which is equivalent to avoiding CO2 emissions from nearly one lakh petrol cars over their lifetime. They will also help avoid about 159 tonnes of PM 2.5 emissions."

Under the EV Policy, the Delhi government is providing a subsidy of Rs. 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity on the purchase of two-wheelers. Scrapping incentive up to Rs. 5000 will be offered for the scrapping of a non-electric two-wheeler vehicle and switching to an electric vehicle. A special provision has been made for ride-hailing service providers such as Ola and Uber, wherein they will be allowed to operate electric two-wheeler taxis. All two-wheelers engaged in last-mile deliveries, such as food delivery vehicles, courier services, and e-commerce logistics, will be expected to transition 50% of their fleet to electric by March 2023, and 100% of their fleet to electric by March 2025. Likewise, the purchase subsidy on electric autos, e-rickshaws, and e-carriers is up to Rs.30,000 and loans on a subsidy of 5% will be provided to them.

Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "The purchase subsidy of four-wheelers is Rs.10,000 per kWh of battery capacity for the first 1000 cars subject to a cap of Rs.1,50,000 per vehicle. All leased/hired cars used for the commute of GNCTD officers will be transitioned to electric vehicles within a period of one year. The Delhi government also aims to transition 50% of the newly purchased buses into electric buses by the year 2024 and 100% by the year 2030. There will be no road tax on registration fees on electric vehicles."

CM Kejriwal said private charging stations will be built and building by-laws will be changed for the induction and operation of the electric vehicles. He said, "Workplace and residential parking will have 20% of the parking or vehicle holding capacity as EV enabled. The Delhi government will provide a 100% subsidy for the purchase of charging equipment up to Rs. 6,000 per charging point for the first 30,000 charging points at homes/workplaces. The subsidy is to be routed through DISCOMS who will be in-charge of charger installations. We are also aiming to provide public charging infrastructure after a distance of every 3 km in Delhi."

For the policy implementation, a dedicated EV cell will be established within the Transport Department for the effective day-to-day implementation of the Delhi State EV Policy. CM Kejriwal said, "Funding for the various incentives under Delhi EV Policy will be obtained from multiple sources such as Pollution/Diesel Cess, Road Tax, Environment Compensation Charge (ECC), etc., which will be monitored under the newly established ‘State EV Fund’. A State EV Board shall be constituted as the apex body for the effective implementation and monitoring of Delhi EV Policy 2019."

"The regular employees of the DTC have also started getting transport allowances up to Rs.4000 per month, which was earlier only available to other transport department employees," added the Chief Minister.


Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal administers oath to school students across Delhi to ensure safety and honour of women

Boys in schools in Delhi take a pledge to honour and respect women; girls to make their brothers take the same oaths at homeWe need to change the mindsets of people to stop crimes against women: Shri Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal administered oath to students in a Delhi government school on Monday, to sensitize students on gender issues and crimes against women. The event was telecasted live in various government, private and aided schools across Delhi. Boys were made to take an oath to respect women and to never misbehave with women. Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia was also present at the oath ceremony.

The Chief Minister requested the girl students to talk to their brothers at home and take the same oath, and to warn them of the repercussions of such acts. He also requested the teachers to conduct a one-hour classroom discussion on the experiences of the students and the reactions of their family members on the oath.

“We launched the women's safety campaign today along with 22 lakh children from all schools in Delhi. The police and the law and order have to be corrected. CCTV cameras and street lights are also being introduced. But the mindset of the society has to be changed. We have to create a Delhi where women can get out of the house without fear even at night,” the Chief Minister said in a tweet after the programme.

In another tweet, the Chief Minister said, “The boys took an oath to respect women, never abuse or misbehave with a girl. All girls will go home and make their brothers take the same oath and warn them of disowning them if they ever commit such a heinous act.”
We need to change the mindsets of the people to put an end to crimes: CM

Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "We are gathered here today to address a very important issue, which is not generally discussed in homes or amongst friends and families. The issue has taken a worse form because of that and we end up hearing about horrifying incidents of crimes against our children every second day. People of all ages and backgrounds, educated or uneducated, rich or poor are involved in crimes. I agree that the government and the Police must act upon such incidents, but they will not be able to achieve anything until we change the mindset of the people. We have to change the thought process of the people to stop such incidents."

CM asks students to suggest solutions to stop crimes against women

To encourage the participation of students in the discussion, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal asked the students to address the reasons and devise solutions to stop crimes.

CM Kejriwal said, "I am sure that families of all the girls sitting here must be worried about their safety and security all the time. I want all of you to tell me what can be the reasons behind the increase in such brutal incidents and what should be the solution?" The students responded with legitimate reasons behind such crimes, like how there is no fear amongst the criminals, how no action is taken against the convicts and how there are no stringent laws against these crimes. Another student suggested quality education which would change the mindset of people and how conversations between the children and their parents, and teachers with their students can help bring change. Another significant reason that came from the students was the lack of social awareness and how people do not know the consequences of such crimes. A student also said that women often succumb to peer pressure and do not report such incidents to the Police because of the society and indifference of the Police against women.

Stringent laws and timely resolution of cases needed to decrease crime rate: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the convicts are not scared of the consequences of their actions, they do not fear the law and the cases filed against them usually take a long time to get resolved. "It is often observed that instead of helping the victim, the Police favors the convicts. We need stringent laws and a proper judicial system to ensure that the convicts get the strictest punishment in a minimal time span. Strictest punishment in the least time will bring fear amongst people. We also often witness that the families of the victim dread going to the Police for they think that they will come under the scanner. The Police need to change their attitude toward the people," added the Chief Minister.

A system needs to be developed on behalf of the government needed to ensure women safety: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

CM Shri Kejriwal said, "We need to develop a system on behalf of the government, to make sure that people realize that they will be caught if they commit such crimes. For instance, the installation of CCTV cameras across the city will ensure a decrease in the rate of such crimes. People are now scared of the repercussions of committing crimes as they will be caught through the CCTV cameras. We have installed 1,40,000 CCTV cameras and are further installing 1,40,000 cameras beginning tomorrow, which means an installation of a total of 2,80,000 CCTV cameras across Delhi. But these numbers are not significant, our only aim is to install CCTV cameras at every nook and corner of the city to make sure that the convicts are traced and arrested."

We are also installing 2,10,000 street lights across Delhi starting tomorrow to ensure that there are no dark spots in the city. But along with all these measures, the most important thing is to change the mindset of the people. If the crimes keep on increasing at a rapid pace, no policing or government system will be able to do anything about them," added the CM.

Families should disown convicts, should not try to save them from punishment: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that people need to be sensitive about such issues and think about the repercussions of such incidents on their family members. Instead of saving the convicts from the punishment, families should disown the convicts to make them realize their faults. "People will not commit such crimes out of the fear of losing their families. Boys will take an oath today and pledge to respect women and never commit such acts, I am sure that this will change the mindset of the people for good."

Girls should make their brothers take the oath, teachers should conduct one-hour discussion session in schools: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal applauded the education provided in Delhi government schools and said he is sure that no student will event commit such a crime. "We also have to put across a point to intervene and stop such incidents even if our lives are at stake. I also want to request the girls to go home, talk to their brothers and make them take the same pledge. I also need you to warn them of the consequences if they ever indulge in such incidents," added the CM.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "I would also like to request the teachers to take a one-hour lecture to discuss the experiences of the students and the reactions of their family members on the oath. We need to start a dialogue on this in schools and homes. I am happy to initiate this program today, and we will repeat this discussion at regular intervals of 3-4 months. I hope that through this we continue to change the mindset of the people."

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said, "It is very important to address this issue. Hon'ble CM believes that there should be stringent laws against and timely resolution of cases of crimes against women. Delhi is a bit unauthorized, but the Delhi government has installed CCTV cameras and street lights across the city for women safety. Whereas installation of CCTV cameras and street lights is important, it is also important to change the mindset of the people and society as a whole. This mindset and thought process can be changed through quality education. If we want our society to progress, we need to give equal opportunities to women. We need to treat them as equal citizens. We need to promise ourselves to make the city safer for women."


Delhi’s Power & Transport Ministers Laid Foundation of BRPL 66/11 kV Grid in West Delhi

Grid to significantly boost the power supply to ~ 1.5 lakh West Delhi residents

· Will cater to the requirements of upcoming Electric Vehicle bus depots

· Being constructed in 2 phases, totalling 60 MVA

· Phase 1 will of 20 MVA will be commissioned in a record time of 3 months

New Delhi: 23/12/2019 -Delhi’s power demand has been increasing exponentially. Though Delhi’s power demand has been growing at around 4-5% annually, in West Delhi, it is growing at around 6%. In view of this increasing power demand, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) has been continuously future proofing its distribution infrastructure in both South and West Delhi. The 66/ 11 kV Mitraon Grid is a testimonial to these efforts.

The foundation stone for this state-of-the Grid sub-station was laid by Delhi’s Power Minister Shri Satyendar Jain and Revenue and Transport Minister, Shri Kailash Gahlot. When completed, this grid will benefit around 1.5 lakh residents of Delhi’s fast developing Western suburb in Najafgargh.

Being constructed at a total cost of around Rs 26 crore, this 66/11 KV – 60 MVA Mitraon Grid Sub Station - is being constructed in two phases. The first phase of 20 MVA will be commissioned in the record time of three-months and the second phase of additional 40 MVA will come thereafter. Post its commissioning, it will further improve the power supply in areas like Gopal Nagar, Vinobha Enclave, Adiwasi Colony, Mitraon Extension, Prem Nagar,Sainik Enclave, Naveen Place, Krishna Vihar and Surakhpur Road.

This Grid Sub Station is equipped with the next generation distribution technologies and conforms to stringent international standards. The Grid Sub Station will be unmanned and will be remotely controlled from the Supervisory Control and Data Access (SCADA).

The present network capacity in the area is 80 MVA. Post complete commissioning of the grid, it will increase by 60 MVA to 140 MVA – enough to power the present and the future needs of the area. Size of the Grid Sub Station can be gauged from the fact that around 14 Kms of cable will be laid during its construction. The setting-up of this Grid will greatly reduce the length of the feeders by around 50%, which will help in further improving the power supply reliability for the residents.