Even amid rising pollution levels in the industrial heartland of Punjab, various proposals prepared by the Municipal Corporation (MC) and Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for the establishment of electric vehicle charging stations in the city have failed. not yet borne fruit.
Last year, the state Department of Transportation formed a committee and asked various local agencies to pre-screen locations where electric vehicle charging stations can be installed as part of the National Clean Air Program (NCAP). MC and Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) had also shortlisted 30 sites in the industrial hub and a proposal was prepared for the installation of charging stations for two and three wheelers only and forwarded to the department.
However, MC’s additional commissioner Aaditya Dachalwal said no further instructions have yet been received from the department on this proposal so far.
According to MC officials, proposed sites include the multi-storey parking lot near MC’s headquarters; Rose Garden car park; near the fire station on Hambran Road and outside the MC’s Zone-C office.
Similarly, Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) had also planned to establish an energy hub in the extension of the model town near the Dugri Canal Bridge. According to the proposal, LIT planned to establish electric vehicle charging stations and a CNG filling station there. But, the state government did not approve it, due to the high cost of the project.
Sandeep Singh, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, said that although there is not much demand for electric vehicles in the city yet, a change in the future is imminent. “Getting the right infrastructure in place will encourage residents to buy electric vehicles,” Singh said.
Ludhiana among 122 unreached towns
Ludhiana is among 122 non-compliant cities in the country according to NCAP standards. This means the city failed to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for harmful PM 10 (particles 10 microns or less in diameter), PM 2.5, or NO2 (carbon dioxide). nitrogen).