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To focus on the usage of electric vehicles in India, the Housing And Urban Development Ministry has launched new guidelines for all the real estate developers to allot 20% parking space for the charging of such vehicles in both residential and commercial projects.

The guidelines have been issued recently in a meeting through addendum to Model Building Bye-Laws, 2016 and Urban and Regional Development Plan Formulation and Implementation Guidelines, 2014. According to government sources, it will add momentum to the use of electric vehicles in India. Apart from this, the government has also made it mandatory to reserve space for kiosks by the eatery joints.

According to the guidelines, “Based on the occupancy pattern and the total parking provisions in the premises of the various building types, charging facilities shall be provided only for electric vehicles, which is currently assumed to be 20% of all ‘vehicle holding capacity’ at the premise. Additionally, the building premises have to have an additional power load, equivalent to power of all the charging points operated simultaneously,”

In case of residential and institutional building, the guidelines said that the charging meters will be connected to the house owner’s meter so that the monthly bill of the EV charging get automatically attached with the electricity bill.

It further said that the government will also increase the power load capacity of all the buildings so that the whole complex should not face any electricity failure while the charging of such vehicles.

“The guidelines require one charging station to be set up every three km in cities and every 25 km on both sides of highways.” Sources added.