In sync with the electric vehicle (EV) push of the Union government, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) along with its partners announced that it will be setting up EV charging infrastructure at Metro stations in the city, reported Times of India.
The tripartite agreement to carry out the task was inked between infra giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T), HMRL and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) on Saturday.
HMRL managing director NVS Reddy said the first EV charging infrastructure will be up and running at Miyapur Metro station in the next 15 days, following which the other 23 stations will be covered phase-wise. To start with, Miyapur Metro station will have three charging units set up by PGCIL in the parking lot.
According to TOI Reddy claimed that HMRL has parking facilities in all the 24 Metro stations and more than half of the total parking area is lying vacant. “It will take about 45 minutes to charge an EV car. Once we have the facility, we hope more people will be encouraged to switch over to EVs. As demand picks up, we will scale up the charging infrastructure,” he said, adding that in the next few months it will also offer battery swapping facilities.
Telangana IT and industries department principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan said the state government will be unveiling its EV policy on June 29. The policy will be based on the framework of — the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) & Electric Vehicles in India – FAME India — provided by the Union government.