The State Governments in India are taking various steps to reduce the pollution in the cities, as one of the steps the government of West Bengal has announced to reduce the Diesel taxis on the road by replacing them with the electric cabs or e-cabs.In the first phases the state government will be providing a subsidy of Rs 2.5lakh for around 1000 diesel cabbies to replace their polluting diesel cabs with Eco-friendly e-cabs.
The state government had taken this initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of the city’s vehicular traffic which has been one of the major reasons for the reduction in the air quality for a long period of time.The diesel fume has 24 carcinogenic chemicals, these chemicals made the city as a lung cancer capital. West Bengal pollution control Board Chairman Kalyan Rudra said, “We are giving each cab Rs 1 lakh as an incentive to shift to cleaner fuel and the electric vehicles are the cleanest by far. The transport department would offer Rs1.5 lakh additionally for such shift. The transport department is the nodal agency responsible for implementation of e-cab policy. We are just aiding the scheme to give it a maximum push”
Rudhra also said that “With the upcoming charging infrastructure — which the government is working on — e-cabs will be a feasible project. We are having one charging station in every three square kilometre area. This would suffice the charging requirement of the city. Moreover, the commuting cost would be a lot less, since the running cost would be less than Rs 2 per km. If an e-cab runs 200 km a day, the running cost would be Rs 200. On the other hand, a diesel cab burns diesel worth Rs 966 for every 200 km”. The E-Cab can help the city with various advantages such as reducing the pollution,economic transportation and improving the health of the individuals.