WRI Conference: Delhi lags behind in implementation of green transport
At a time when cities like Bengaluru and Pune are embracing electric vehicles (EVs), Delhi is still lagging behind, experts say.
It was in March 2016 that the Delhi government inducted the city’s first electric bus on a pilot basis, and had announced of bringing in more “soon”. But a year later, the government seems to have made little progress.
At the same time, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s (BMTC) board is already in the process of procuring 150 electric buses in that city. It was Bengaluru that trial-launched India’s first electric bus in February 2014.
“We had one meeting with the Delhi government, but nothing after that. When other cities are coming forward and are enthusiastic about electric vehicles, companies would obviously reach out to those states or cities,” said Ankit Singhvi, who is part of the Central government’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 that aims to promote electric mobility and manufacturing of electric (& hybrid) vehicles and their components.
While India aims to be a 100 per cent EV nation by 2030, all people can see in this segment in the national capital right now are e-rickshaws. For over one lakh e-rickshaws operating in the city, the capital has no legal charging point for the battery-operated three wheelers, although they are helping in feeding last mile connectivity.
With a rampant increase in their number, a situation has arrived where dozens of e-rickshaws are being charged with a single domestic connection resulting in overloading of the sanctioned electricity capacity of the meter.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.
In the complaint, Akash Vashishtha, who is an environmental activist and lawyer, said fresh constructions are being undertaken at these two locations, for which trees are being felled. The ecology of the southern ridge is deteriorating due to these encroachments, states the complaint.
The accused, Ashu, a resident of Panipat’s Nara village, killed the victims, reportedly his friends, between 8pm and 4am and travelled around 60km from the first crime scene in Matlauda of Panipat to Titawi in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli. The victims are Sonu, 26, who was working with a private contractor in a cement factory, and his two friends -- Monu, 25, of Nara village and Rakesh, 27, of Bhalsi village.
The Delhi government introduced the Happiness curriculum in 2018, Entrepreneurship mindset curriculum in 2019 and the Deshbhakti curriculum last year with the aim of inculcating problem-solving approaches among students and making them more self-aware, self-confident and socially responsible.
While the LG appreciated the work done at Indraprastha and Pul Prahladpur, he was displeased at the drainage system at Minto Bridge, flagging “technical flaws” in the drainage system and warned that engineers concerned “will be held responsible and strict action will be taken in the event of waterlogging at the site.”