Nagpur, which is known for production of oranges, is all set to go green. It becomes the first city of India to get electric mass mobility system, which is an attempt to curb air pollution.
Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated India's first multi-modal electric vehicle project at a function organised at Nagpur Airport complex on May 26, 2017.
The city has received a fleet of 200 electric vehicles for this project, including taxis, buses, e-rickshaws and autos.
Addressing mediapersons, Gadkari said, "Promoting electric vehicles is our priority. We want electric buses, auto-rickshaws and other vehicles to ply in the country. We are engaged in initial talks with SoftBank for loans at low-interest rate for a green project. We want to introduce two lakh electric buses for public transport."
Devendra Fadnavis also gave his views on the project saying, "To promote electric fleet, we have waived VAT, road tax, and registration for all electric vehicles in the state, and we look forward to building Maharashtra as a model state for others to emulate in future."
Automobile manufacturers Mahindra, Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD and TVS have provided 200 electric vehicles for the project.
Taxi aggregator Ola has invested Rs 50 crore in the project. Ola has introduced e-cabs, e-rickshaws, and e-buses in Nagpur. Ola has set up 50 points to charge vehicles at four places in Nagpur.