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Kejriwal's Latest Solution To Delhi Pollution: E-Vehicles

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| July 16 , 2017 , 08:52 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has tried out various methods to reduce pollution, one of the major problems faced by national capital, and has come up with a new solution: battery operated buses and cars.

Previously, Kejriwal had applied an 'odd-even' scheme allowing cars with odd and even license plates to ply on alternate days in an attempt to curb pollution.

At an event for the payment of subsidy to e-rickshaw drivers, Kejriwal said that there was a need to reduce the number of diesel and petrol-run vehicles to check pollution.

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"Today, pollution is the biggest problem in Delhi. E-rickshaw does not cause pollution (and) I hope that in future, buses, cars and all vehicles will run on electricity and battery," he said at the event.

Kejriwal hailed the e-rickshaw drivers for doing a 'favour' for the people of Delhi by fighting pollution.

"We also want that more vehicles should run on battery and electricity so that the number of diesel and petrol-run vehicles could be reduced, leading to decline in pollution level," he added.

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said e-rickshaw drivers were like "soldiers" who fight against rising pollution.

At the event, Kejriwal issued subsidies of between Rs 15,000 and Rs 30,000 to registered e-rickshaw drivers, with 6,000 applicants receiving the benefits. A budget of Rs 1.06 crore had been earmarked by the Delhi government for providing subsidies to e-rickshaw owners to encourage eco-friendly transport.

Last month, the transportation department had announced that possessing an Aadhaar card is compulsory to seek subsidies, in order to prevent duplicity in granting financial assistance.

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e-vehicles (three wheelers, two-wheelers & 4-wheelers) is certainly the way forward - not just for Delhi but for the rest of the world as well. If one glances at the quantum jump in investments - globally - in alternate power sources, with solar leading the way, one gets a fair idea of the importance of e-vehicles in this context. Keeping that in mind, Arvind Kejriwal's solution to Delhi's pollution problem (e-vehicles) needs all the encouragement it can get.