In Maharashtra, the state department of cooperation directed the housing societies to offer land for setting up charging stations for the electric vehicles.
In the meeting that took place recently, the Union Government officials asked the state Government to promote the use of electric vehicles.
The Maharashtra Cooperative Housing Federation [MCHF] will coordinate with the registered and non-registered housing societies regarding the same as there are over 1 lakh registered cooperative housing societies and more than 18,000 registered housing societies in Pune.
Suhas Patwardhan, MCHF vice-president said that more than 100 societies in the Pune city have expressed their interest. While supporting this concept we have scheduled a meeting with 100 societies in Aundh and Model Colony this week.
The revenue department officials said that the societies are excited about the initiative and are waiting for the detailed guidelines from the Government. Hence, we are drafting guidelines to permit the housing societies to offer a dedicated arena for the public charging stations.
Patwardhan also said that a lot of companies have already started to approach the housing societies for land. By offering land for charging electric vehicles the societies can earn a rental amount that can be used in society’s funds. The residents can also charge their vehicles at the facility, he said.
According to the new guidelines, the housing societies can avail benefits by offering land. This initiative is taken as the Union Government is emphasizing on the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles [FAME] scheme in nine cities that includes Pune and Mumbai. The other cities are Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Surat.
The officials said that this initiative will improve the adoption rate in the state as in the 2018 Electric Vehicle Policy the State has already incentivized e-vehicle manufacturing and purchase.
The Union Government is also planning to introduce FAME but the shortage of land for charging station is the big obstacle in the road as this initiative will transform the electric vehicles industry. The Government had also figured roadside spaces to set up charging stations but this requires widening of roads.
On 14th December, 2018, the Union power ministry issued guidelines that state license is not mandatory to any person or an entity to set up public charging stations i.e. PCS. This is applicable till the standard guidelines framed by the ministry and the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) are followed.
Last year, the Maharashtra State framed its policy to promote electric vehicles. The Government officials said that this policy offers fiscal incentives to construct charging stations and the same can be developed in the housing societies.