Energy

India to enforce new law seeking to make charging points mandatory in all large buildings

According to a new proposal, building owners and developers will have to install charging points in their large buildings, including residential apartments. Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, C.N Ashwath Narayan, revealed the new policy while addressing a sustainability mobility forum.

Developers have to ensure they have charging stations for electric vehicles. As the country embraces renewable energy to reduce the carbon footprint, the number of consumers purchasing battery-powered cars and plug-in hybrids has risen. The government is drafting new protocols that will change how homeowners and developers construct their buildings.

During the forum held at the Harvard India Conference on February 22, the politician said the change would accommodate the growing number of EVs on Indian roads. Reports from the Urban Development Department indicate this proposal will be made into a building and construction by-law for future projects.

Real estate agencies and stakeholders have welcomed this move with open hands. According to Suresh Hari, the action is timely, and many builders had already changed their building protocols to accommodate charging infrastructure in their large constructions. Hari is the chairman of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers ‘Association of India (CREDAI). Making it a mandatory requirement will compel everyone to emulate those already doing it.

Urban infrastructure experts think otherwise about the rolled-out proposals. They support the policy and believe the government should not rely on renewable energy infrastructure without developing other revenue sources. Tax on fossil fuel contributed to the government’s development projects.

With the new rise of EVs, the revenue sourced from fossil fuels has gone down. “Given how minimal the needs of charging infrastructure are, the market has already begun providing it. The government only needs to create an enabling policy but must also worry about alternate revenue sources since tax on fossil fuels constitutes a major share of the government’s revenue. Days of having battery-run houses are not far either,” said Ashwin Mahesh, an urban infrastructure expert.

Dr. Narayan, who is also the Minister of Higher Education, Information Technology and Biotechnology, Science and Technology, revealed that there would be battery banks where EV drivers can rent batteries and recharge their batteries in the future. Karnataka is the first state in India to introduce an electric vehicle policy.

“Karnataka is a power surplus State now, and we are giving power to vehicles at subsidized prices,” said Dr. Narayan. On other developments, the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will be complete by the end of February. “At present, flights have been making use of the new runway. The reconstructed old runway will be available for public use by the end of March,” added Dr. Narayan.

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