In wake of government’s electric mobility dream, AnantGeete, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has declared that the Central Government will allow 437 crore subsidy to 11 cities with regards to the Faster Adoption and manufacturing of Electric Vehicle (FAME) scheme in India.
Because of this scheme, the country will see the launch of Electric buses, three wheeler, and taxis in most of the cities. Cities which forms part of this scheme are Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Jammu, and Guwahati. Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has decided to give subsidies for 40 buses for each city but there’s an exception to it. Jammu and Guwahati will get the subsidy for only 15 such buses.
Subsidy for taxis is different for all the cities :
- Ahmedabad – 20
- Bangalore – 100
- Indore – 50
- Kolkata – 200
And rest will depend upon their demand cycle.
Also, subsidy for 3-wheeler is different in different cities :
- Bangalore – 500
- Indore – 200
- Ahmedabad – 20
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On totaling it up we get to know that 390 buses, 370 taxis, and 720 3-wheelers will be there under FAME scheme.
The cities so selected are ordered to finalize the tendering process for the best company in the auction and issue supply order before 28th February 2018.Because of this step, the ministry is going to suffer a loss of atleastRs437 crores. Also, it’ll spendRs40 crores as incentives for installing charging stations. The present effort for encouraging e-vehicles is going to give a significant boost to electric mobility with the sole aim to launch the maximum of electric buses, electric three-wheelers and electric shared cabs for public transport.
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Department of Heavy Industry had also asked many more cities to send in their interest for such scheme. But by end of that invitation period, the government got 47 proposals from 44 cities across 21 states.
Ministry, on the proper evaluation on their needs based on population, vehicle density, vehicular pollution, SwachhataAbhiyan ranking, coverage under Smart City programme, the available financial outlay etc., laid out their decision in front of everyone.
Govt. Got good response on phase-1 of FAME. Now it’ll be interesting to see the response of more cities in coming phases.