The Delhi Government on Tuesday decided to provide a subsidy of over Rs 7 crore to 3382 e-rickshaws registered with the Transport Department, in its ongoing efforts to encourage non-polluting modes of public transport for last mile connectivity to curb air pollution in the national capital.
The decision on grant of subsidy for registered e-rickshaws was taken in a meeting of the senior officials of the Environment Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, chaired by the Environment & Forest Minister Imran Hussain.
Hussain stated the Environment Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee have finalised the subsidy amounts for the e-rickshaws registered with the Transport Department, from the Ambient Air Fund.
The break and details of this financial help for environment friendly last mile connectivity E-Rickshaws are as follows:
1) Subsidy at the rate of Rs 15,000 each will be provided to 2027 E-Rickshaws which were registered till 31.03.2016.
2) Further, subsidy at the rate of Rs 30,000 each will be provided to 1355 E-Rickshaws registered with effect from 01.04.2016 and onwards.
The registered e-Rickshaws will receive this financial aid soon in the month of February.
Presenting the budget for the current financial year on 28th March 2016, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia had stated:“ Our Government is promoting e-rickshaw for last mile connectivity in Delhi. In the current year (2015-16), Rs 4.97 crore has been given as subsidy to 3709 owners of battery operated vehicles and E-rickshaw. I propose to enhance one time fixed subsidy for E-rickshaw from existing subsidy amount of Rs 15000 to Rs 30000 for every e-rickshaw that has been registered by the Transport Department.”