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BBMP should make charging infra must in buildings, say EV owners

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BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta said the state government has to take a final decision on the matter.

Bengaluru: Electric vehicle owners in the city have urged Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to amend town planning bylaws to make charging infrastructure mandatory in buildings.

According to BBMP’s draft building bylaw 2019, charging infrastructure for EVs should be provided in the area reserved for parking in all types of buildings. “All new and existing buildings proposed for modification with parking requirements of more than 10 car parking slots shall be provided with charging points for every two car parking slots,” it reads.

“The EV AC charger shall be charged with either single phase or three-phase input conforming to Bharat Charger (BEVC-AC001) specifications and as per specifications amended from time to time. Before giving service connection, Bescom authorities should ensure that EV charging infrastructure is provided and operational as specified above,” it adds.

It may be recalled that in a report on Wednesday — ‘After RWA snub, owner plugs e-bike on 5th floor’— TOI had highlighted how an e-scooter owner was forced to take his vehicle by elevator to the kitchen of his fifth-floor flat in Hulimavu on Bannerghatta Road, for charging. The apartment’s RWA hadn’t allowed installation of an EV charging point in the parking bay.

Social activist Arun Prasad said: “The Centre has already issued guidelines for EVs and charging infrastructure, but BBMP is yet to amend town planning bylaws and implement them. In the absence of any guidelines from the Palike, many RWAs aren’t allowing EV owners to have charging facility.”

The Centre has already issued guidelines for EVs and charging infrastructure, but BBMP is yet to amend town planning bylaws and implement them..Arun Prasad, Social activist

BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta said the state government has to take a final decision on the matter.

Meanwhile, Vikram Rai, general secretary, Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF), said: “A community charging facility was inaugurated on Thursday at a BAF member-apartment complex in Bommanahalli. They are one of the first implementers of our pilot programme.”

Ola, Paytm CEOs react

Posting a screenshot of TOI’s article, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and chief executive officer of financial technology company Paytm, tweeted: “Ouch! I wish we all embrace that EV is not a luxury, it is an obligation for us to have a livable planet. Breathable city air. While the Govt is at it, here is a request for @PMOIndia & @NITIAayog to amend policy encouraging EV charging points in residential & office works spaces.”

Responding to Sharma’s tweet, Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder & CEO at Ola, wrote: “Every 2W, 4W spends 20 hours of its daily life parked somewhere, at home or office! Easiest solution to charging infra is low-cost slow charging outlets in parking, be in independent homes, RWAs/apartments etc.. Much cheaper than lots of large scale public fast charging (sic).”

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