NEW DELHI: The Kejriwal government issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) to electric car drivers on Friday just after 3 days of licensing. At an event, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot handed over the first set of letters of intent to owners of the nation’s capital’s first 20 electric cars, including 10 female electric car drivers. The minister said the government is taking a big step forward not only to reduce pollution and ensure last-mile connectivity, but also to establish a strong female force in the city’s public transport system.
The event was also attended by Transport Commissioner Ashish Kundra as well as other senior officials. Gahlot said, “Congratulations to all the successful applicants who will soon be the proud owners of Delhi’s first e-cars! Today, we are taking a big step forward not only to reduce pollution and ensure last-mile connectivity, but also to establish a strong female presence in Delhi’s public transport system. I strongly urge all women in whose name the e-auto is registered to drive the automobiles.
The Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy in addition to Rs 30,000 subsidy also provides 5% interest subsidy on loans and information on payment of EMIs, balance loans etc. The draw was held on February 14 under the supervision of a committee made up of senior officials from the Department of Transportation and a special guest from the Department of Women and Child Development.
A total of 20,590 applicants applied for e-cars, of which the list of 2,855 male and 743 female applicants as well as parental contact details and addresses were successfully updated on the transport department’s website.
In order to encourage the entry of more female drivers, the applications of the remaining candidates among the 1,406 places reserved for women have been reopened, the details of which have also been uploaded to the website. In the event that a slot still remains empty, the LOI for the remaining e-cars of the women’s quota will be assigned to the DMRC with the authorization to operate them provided that they are driven only by DMRC female drivers. Candidates can apply until February 23, 2022.