New Delhi: Pollution is at its peak in Delhi these days, the government is making various plans to control vehicle emissions.
In this context, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot has announced that from now on old diesel vehicles can be retrofitted with electric kits.
The Department of Transportation will list manufacturers of electric kits for retrofitting internal combustion engines (ICEs) for electric kits. According to the Delhi transport department, after the electric kit is fitted in the diesel vehicle, the vehicle owners can drive their vehicles in Delhi-NCR even after 10 years.
In the national capital Delhi, 10-year-old diesel vehicles are not allowed to run on the road, so this decision of the government is a relief to all the owners whose diesel vehicle life is around 10 years old or more.
"Electric retrofitting can now be done in Delhi by replacing (ICE) engines. If the vehicles are found fit, vehicle owners can convert diesel engines to electric engines, the engine will be replaced only when testing. The agency will approve it. Only after approval will vehicle owners be able to change the engine of their diesel vehicles. Once the electric engine is fitted, vehicle owners can also drive their diesel vehicle which is older than 10 years," Delhi transport minister Kailash Gehlot said.
According to the orders issued by the National Green Tribunal in 2015 and the Supreme Court in 2018, diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years cannot run in the Delhi-NCR region.
Taking another step towards promoting electric vehicles in the national capital, the government also announced that electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs) would be allowed to enter about 250 roads during no-entry hours.
According to the new order of the Delhi government, 24 hours cargo electric vehicles (e-vehicles) will be able to run in Delhi. There will be no stop for them in the no-entry zone. The Delhi government has given its approval in this regard.
Delhi transport minister Kailash Gehlot has said that this decision will prove to be an important step towards the adoption of electric vehicles in Delhi.
Kailash Gehlot has announced an exemption for electric light freight vehicles for walking and parking on marked roads during the stipulated time notified by the Delhi Transport Department.