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India's first highway corridors for e-vehicles expected by March 2020

The corridors are expected to come up along the Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways

Highways, ASSAR, Charging stations, Electric vehicles, Delhi-Jaipur highway, Delhi-Agra highway, Yamuna Expressway, NH48, Advance Services for Social and Administrative Reforms, Abhijeet Sinha

India's first highway corridors with charging stations for electric vehicles are expected to come up along the Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways by 2020.

The combined stretch of the corridors on the Yamuna Expressway (between Delhi and Agra) and the National Highway 48 (between Delhi and Jaipur) will be 500km, and 18 charging stations will be setup near toll plazas on the two routes.

The e-corridors are proposed to be the first under the Ease of Doing Business Programme (EODB) of the Advance Services for Social and Administrative Reforms (ASSAR), a private entity which is supported by the central government.

"The project is about converting 500-km of expressway into electric corridors with facilities for charging electric vehicles. Test runs on these corridors are expected to begin this September and these e-corridors will be launched in March 2020," said Abhijeet Sinha, national programme director EODB at ASSAR.

Eighteen charging stations will be setup on the two routes.Eight will be between Delhi-Agra and 10 between Delhi-Jaipur.Besides charging their vehicles, people can also change batteries.

"These stations will be developed near toll plazas. Every station will have eight to 10 chargers and 20 charging points," Sinha said.

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