Bhopal:The MP Urja Vikas Nigam (MP Energy Development Corporation) had purchased two electric cars on the last World Environment Day for use by the chief minister and the chief secretary. The idea was to popularise the use of the non-polluting vehicles with the CM and the CS leading by example.
CM rejects car summarily
However, both of them have refused to use the electric cars and continue to travel in cars running on fossil fuels. The chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan rejected the car after sitting in it for a few moments. It was said that the car was too low for his comfort. The security officials of the chief minister also did not approve of the vehicle. The car is now being used by Manu Shrivastava, the MD of the Corporation. The chief secretary Basant Pratap Singh has not returned the car but is not using it. It is parked in the CS office.
Plan in doldrums
The Corporation had decided to buy 150 electric cars for use by chief minister, all ministers and principal secretaries. That would have slashed the government’s monthly fuel bill by lakhs of rupees. However, the plan is in doldrums now.
Operational cost only Rs 0.80 per km
The electric car can run up to 100 km after charging them once. The running cost of the vehicles is Rs 0.80 per km. In comparison, the conventional cars running on diesel or petrol cost between Rs 4.50 and Rs 6 per km to operate. The car – Tata Tigor EV – costs Rs 12 lakh and runs on Lithium Ion batteries, which get charged in around six hours. The Corporation has installed three charging stations at its Bhopal office as well as on the Secretariat complex.
Two electric cars were bought under the e-mobility scheme. They were provided to the chief minister and the chief secretary. The CM’s office has returned the car citing security reasons. Necessary modifications are being made to the vehicle.Manu Shrivastava, MD, MP Urja Vikas Nigam