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NEWS IMPULSE -‘SWITCH DELHI’ CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ELECTRIC VEHICLES| 5 FEBRUARY

<p><strong>Syllabus section: Polity and Governance/Environment</strong></p>

<p><strong>Why in news</strong><br />
Delhi Government recently launched the &#39;Switch Delhi&#39; campaign to promote electric vehicles and appealed to people to buy such vehicles to combat pollution in the city and the government will hire only electric vehicles for various purposes in the next six weeks.</p>

<p><strong>About</strong><br />
&bull; Government asked delivery chains and big companies, resident welfare associations, market associations, malls, and cinema halls to promote electric vehicles and set up charging stations at their premises.<br />
&bull; It also appealed to the youth to buy an electric vehicle as their first vehicle to make the campaign a mass movement.<br />
&bull; &quot;In the &#39;Switch Delhi&#39; campaign, awareness will be created about the benefits of electric vehicles and how it can contribute to making Delhi clean and pollution-free.&nbsp;<br />
&bull; It appeals to people to take part in the campaign to promote the replacement of polluting petrol and diesel vehicles with electric vehicles and make a contribution towards a pollution-free Delhi.<br />
&bull; Under its electric vehicle policy, the Delhi government has planned extensive subsidies on the purchase of electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers, besides waiving road tax and registration charges.<br />
&bull; More than 6,000 electric vehicles have been purchased since the policy launch in August 2020. The government has also issued tenders for setting up 100 charging stations across the city.<br />
&bull; The government has fixed an ambitious target of 25 percent electric vehicles among total vehicle registrations in Delhi by 2024.</p>

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<strong>Source: The Hindu</strong><br />
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