In an effort to encourage e-vehicles and reduce the dependability on traditional fossil-fuel driven vehicles, the West Bengal government has proposed special inter-city corridors which can be used only by electric vehicles, with charging stations every 25 km. The state has already introduced sophisticated e-vehicles in different state government transport facilities and has a target of 10 lakh battery-powered vehicles by 2030. "The state government has always wanted a pollution free state and this policy will take forward our fledgling dream of zero-emission transportation. E-vehicles will not only give us a greener and cleaner environment but at the same time it will keep us immune from the ever-rising fuel prices, which are pushing up prices of every commodity. This is the future of vehicles. We all must work together to achieve this common goal at the earliest,” said Transport Minister Firhad Hakim. Initially the government has proposed to develop the environment-friendly lanes along two popular routes, one from Kolkata to Asansol – a distance of 215 km and the other from Kolkata to Digha – a distance of 185 km. Along these routes, electric vehicles are planned to have priority movement channels, and rapid charging stations will be set up… Read full this story
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