NITI Aayog suggests railways to create infrastructure for EVs at stations

NITI Aayog has suggested that railways should designate at least 20 per cent of their parking capacity at railway stations or office complexto create infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs).

The railways have been requested to set up EV charging bays or battery charging and swapping stations, and also install at least one EV charging point at each targeted manned level crossing and railway colony.The proposals are part of the think tank’s initiative to propagate EVs, especially charging infrastructure, and domestic manufacturing.The draft policy under discussion has also recommended supply of renewable energy (RE) to the charging facilities in line with railways’ goal to reach net-zero carbon emission levels by 2030. NITI Aayog has suggested railways could start with the 123 railway stations that have been re-developed and all suburban stations should have charging provision.

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