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13 Lakh EVs Registered in Country, Says Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that excluding Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Lakshadweep, there are over 13 lakh electric vehicles registered in the country.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Gadkari said that under the Phase II scheme of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME), 2,877 public EV charging stations have been sanctioned in 68 cities and 1,576 EV charging stations across 9 expressways and 16 highways.

“The number of electric vehicles in the country is 13,34,385 (excluding data of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Lakshadweep, which is not available in VAHAN 4) as on 14-07-2022 and a total of 2,826 public charging stations are operational in the country, as per the Bureau of Energy Efficiency,” the Road Transport and Highways Minister said.

Gadkari said that according to World Road Statistics (WRS) of the International Road Federation, Geneva, 1.5 lakh road accidents were registered in India in 2020, which was 26.37 per cent of total road accidents recorded in 207 countries.

Responding to a separate question, he said there are 27,25,87,170 registered vehicles in India, which is 13.24% of the total 2,05,81,09,486 registered vehicles in 207 countries.

Asked whether the ministry is receiving complaints that toll is being collected from various toll roads even after the expiry of period of agreement under Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) and recovery of capital cost in the country, Gadkari replied in the affirmative.

“Complaints have been received in the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) regarding collection of user fee from All India Motor Transport Congress and Kolhapur District Lorry Operators Association,” he said.

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