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Pune Municipal Corporation to procure electric cars for its officials in bid to go green

The civic administration has proposed to get these vehicles on rent from a company, which has offered to provide the cars along with drivers for a period of eight years at a cost of Rs 23 crore.

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
Updated: July 29, 2021 12:10:19 pm
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In a bid to promote use of electric vehicles in the city in line with the policy of the Union government and the state government, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to procure 38 electric cars for its officers to carry out their official duties.

The civic administration has proposed to get these vehicles on rent from a company, which has offered to provide the cars along with drivers for a period of eight years at a cost of Rs 23 crore.

“The standing committee has postponed the decision on the proposal to take the electric cars on rent. The drivers employed with the PMC are opposed to the idea of driver services being availed from a private agency,” said a civic officer.

The PMC has planned to set up at least 100 charging stations for electric vehicles on its properties across the city.

The PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited), a city bus transport service run jointly by the PMC and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), has already begun the use of electric buses in the region. The PMC is also planning to rope in a private agency to start an electric-motorbike renting service in the city. It also plans to provide parking space and a charging station to the private agency providing the service across the city on the lines of its earlier project of renting a bicycle, which was stalled due to technical problems.

In June, the Bloomberg Philanthropies declared 50 cities, including Pune, as the finalists for the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, a worldwide competition that encourages and promotes most promising ideas by different cities. The PMC had submitted its plan for early adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV) in its jurisdiction.

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