Eight cities in Uttar Pradesh have been identified for installation of e-charging facility for two, three and four-wheelers. According to a recent proposal, the e-charging facilities under the smart city projects will be simultaneously launched in Lucknow, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Aligarh, Saharanpur, Bareilly and Jhansi.
In Prayagraj, the Uttar Pradesh government also plans to develop a new e-charging facility along with a bus charging station on an area of 6,000 metre square under the new Yamuna bridge. The new facility will house an e-charging facility for as many as 25 buses. The electric buses are likely to start services by next year. Prayagraj will have 25 slow charging stations.
“We have surveyed the land, and once the transfer of land from the government level is done, construction of the charging station will start. Soon after , we will acquire the electric buses and commuters could easily use them,” A senior UP State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC), official T K S Bisen, said.
The UP Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has been nominated as the state nodal agency by the Uttar Pradesh government for implementing the electric vehicle mobility initiative of the central government.
Under the proposed scheme the Union government plans to set up more than 1,000 charging points for the electric vehicle stations in 45 cities across the country, out of which eight cities are in UP.
Barring Lucknow, all the other seven cities in UP will have only slow charging stations for two, three and four wheelers. According to the proposal, Varanasi and Kanpur will have 25 such stations. Lucknow will have 10 slow charging and 27 fast charging stations, while the rest of the selected Uttar Pradesh cities in the list will have 10 slow charging stations each.