In NEW DELHI: Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, announced on Thursday that more than 2.78 lakh electric vehicles have been registered in the nation so far in 2023.
According to Gadkari in a written response to the Lok Sabha, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are in the process of migrating to the Vahan portal, so their data on EV registration is only partially included. Telangana and Lakshadweep data is not available on the portal.
The statistics on the webpage shows that the number of electric cars (EVs) registered in India increased from 3,29,808 in 2021 to 10,20,679 in 2022.
In response to a different inquiry, Gadkari stated that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has planted 344.27 lakh trees as part of the Green Highways Strategy between 2016–17 and 2022–23. (up to February 2023).
In response to a different query, he stated that NHAI plans to build wayside amenities (WSAs) along brownfield national highways and greenfield motorways every 30 to 40 kilometres.
According to Gadkari, 156 WSAs have been given out so far.
Gadkari claims that the ministry has expedited applications for issue of registration certificate to establish automated testing stations and registered vehicle scrapping facilities through National Single Window System in order to promote ease of doing business for private companies (NSWS).
According to the minister, 18 states and UTs are now accepting applications for the voluntary vehicle-fleet modernization programme (V-VMP) through NSWS.
Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh are just a few of the states and union territories that rely on NSWS.
He claimed that out of 79 applications for the establishment of registered car scrapping facilities across 17 states, the government has received 48 that have been accepted by the relevant governments.
According to information given by the minister, 8,220 used cars were discarded throughout the nation between January 2022 and March 2023. Uttar Pradesh scrapped the most outdated cars (6,247), followed by Gujarat (1,244) and Assam (357).