The state government of Karnataka, whose capital is Bengaluru, dubbed “India’s Silicon Valley”, has declared that half of all government-run vehicles in Bengaluru would be converted to electric by 2019. This is part of the government’s effort to make Bengaluru the Electric Vehicle Capital of India, which serves as a response to the fact that air pollution emerged as an election issue for the first time ever in 2019. Then, the two main national parties dedicated one paragraph to pollution in each of their manifestos.
Karnataka created India’s first electric vehicle policy.
““If you measure the impact that has taken place in the city because of electric buses, the city’s carbon footprint is lesser, and I’m confident that it’ll take us to a time and space where the city’s air quality will be much better than what it is today.”Tejasvi Surya, Member of Parliament, Bangalore South
Follow Bengaluru’s clean air journey here.
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