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Bhubaneswar to focus on electric vehicle charging

The move aims to promote the plying of more electric vehicles (EVs) in the Odisha capital
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Our Correspondent   |   Bhubaneswar   |   Published 29.09.21, 01:02 AM

The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has planned to develop a robust charging infrastructure across the city in order to promote the plying of more electric vehicles (EVs) in the Odisha capital.

At a virtual meeting held on Monday under the chairmanship of Sanjay Kumar Singh, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner-cum-chief executive officer of Bhubaneswar Smart City and BDA vice-chairman, market leaders in EV infrastructure in India and other senior officials from various stakeholders deliberated on the need of setting up EV charging infrastructure.

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The meeting discussed the EV charging stations to be built across the city to be used by the people and public transport vehicles in the near future. The priority on selection of locations will be given mainly to malls, public parking lots, hotels, residential complexes, workplaces and highways. The city is planning to add a fleet of electric buses to its public transport network.

In the first phase, the city will have seven EV charging stations at KIIT area (one fast charger and one slow charger), SUM Hospital (one slow charger), near Esplanade Mall, Rasulgarh (one fast charger and one slow charger), D.N. Regalia (one slow charger) and Krishna Plaza CRP Square (one slow charger). Later, more such facilities will be added.

During the meeting, different EV vehicle infrastructure adopted by other cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Jaipur were discussed.

N. Mohan, general manager (EV and EV charging infrastructure), Energy Efficiency Services Limited, Sandeep Bangia, Tata Power Company Limited head (EV and home automation business), senior officials from the state energy and commerce and transport departments, M. Shenbagam, CEO, Tata Power Central Odisha Distribution Limited, engineer-in-chief-cum-principal chief electrical inspector, Santosh Das, and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited general manager Kamaljit Das, were present.



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