EV charging stations land issues

178 EV charging stations project delayed due to land issues

The Union Government is facing a major challenge in identifying land for the electric vehicle charging stations. Recently, the Union Government has allocated 178 electric vehicles (EV) charging stations to Telangana, but the non-availability of the land is delaying the project. On the other hand, Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO) - The Nodal agency to get the project going is scouting for government land in and around Greater Hyderabad, as purchasing a private land would be too expensive.

It is estimated that a small charging electric vehicle station would require around 200 square yards. There are limited e-vehicle users in Telangana; thus, only 178 EV charging stations are approved by the Union heavy industries ministry. This is also a Government initiative to encourage citizens to use more electric vehicles over standard petrol and diesel vehicles. The EV charging station will be carried out under two phases of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME-India) scheme. 

As per the Union Minister, the Government will take all the measures to boost the usage of electric vehicles in Telangana State. The Government also stated that the required infrastructure would be built to ensure that people have easy access to EV charging stations, just like the bunks for petrol and diesel vehicles. Out of 178 EV charging stations, 158 stations would be set in Greater Hyderabad, 10 in Karimnagar, and 10 in Warangal under FAME-II.

These EV charging stations would be established and managed by Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), and Energy Efficiency Services Limited.