Updated: September 14, 2021 1:48:19 am
As part of its green initiatives to decrease air and sound pollution, the Navy has started using electric vehicles at Navy Nagar in south Mumbai from last week.
The Western Naval Command in Mumbai has inducted 19 new multi-purpose, environment-friendly electrical vehicles (EVs) for use in residential areas. These vehicles are fitted with reliable, energy-efficient and low maintenance batteries.
The initiative is in line with the National Clean Air Programme launched by the Union government in 2019 for the reduction of the concentration of particulate matter in the air by 20-30 per cent by 2024.
Kala Hari Kumar, president of the Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) in the Western Region, flagged off the vehicles on September 8. The vehicles will be utilised for transportation of naval personnel, their families and goods within residential areas in Navy Nagar only, including to and from the naval hospital INHS Asvini. The drivers for the vehicles will come from the existing pool or be hired when required.
“The induction of EVs in such a large scale is a first for the Navy. If one or two vehicles had got inducted elsewhere in the Navy, it is not known. But induction of 19 EVs for commuting purposes is for the first time,” said Navy spokesperson Commander Mehul Karnik.
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