Despite the Delhi government’s push for female drivers, only 14 out of 743 female applicants registered their e-cars after receiving the letter of intent, with lots of cumbersome paperwork and high interest to avoid having bought the three-wheelers.
The AAP government had issued the Letter of Intent to 4,261 people, including 2,855 men and 743 women. “Of these 743 applicants, only 14 women registered their e-car, while 273 men did so,” according to official data. by the transportation department.
Shamshon Nesha, a female candidate, who received the letter of intent, said, “In the first place, it was difficult to get the loan. We had submitted our documents, but they kept delaying it.” -20 days, but we were told that the documents were being processed. We had borrowed Rs 66,000 for the down payment, but after seeing multiple delays, we decided to hand over the LOI,” she added.
Another candidate, requesting anonymity, said the interest rate for getting an electric car is quite high and unaffordable for her. Government officials said there were supply problems due to a chip issue in the vehicles, which could be the reason for the low number of takers for the initiative. They also said that since electric rickshaws are new to the market, the interest rate is going to be high and over time an equilibrium will be established.
An official said the Delhi government is providing a 5% interest subsidy on the purchase of electric automobiles on loans as well as a purchase incentive of Rs 30,000 under the vehicle policy Electrics from Delhi. Delhi’s transport ministry had launched the registration program for 4,261 e-cars in October last year, of which 33% – 1,406 e-cars – are exclusively for female drivers. Rakesh Aggarwal, president of Chhalak Shakti, an autorickshaw union, said the government should have been better prepared.
“We are in favor of women’s participation in the economy and management of e-cars. But the Delhi government reserved 1,406 e-cars for women without any preparation, and only 14 vehicles could only be registered. so far,” he said.
Under this program, online applications were invited in October and November last year. A total of 19,846 applications were received from male applicants out of a quota of 2,855 electric cars, and 743 applications were received from female applicants out of a quota of 1,406 electric cars, officials said.
Later, the government released a statement in which it said that 663 e-cars under the women’s quota were awarded to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on March 3 this year with permission to operate. through an aggregator or operator. are blue and lilac in color to increase visibility.