Govt. to cap life of vehicles to 10 years

Unlimited term for electric vehicle

January 23, 2019 08:40 am | Updated 08:40 am IST - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Principal Secretary of Transport K.R. Jyothilal has said the State will limit the registration period for motor vehicles to 10 years, but will offer an unlimited term for electric vehicles as part of promoting the green mobility initiative.

All motor vehicles in the State will have to switch over to electric, compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas within five years to achieve the e-mobility mode. Charging stations would be made mandatory in all fuel outlets in the State through legislation, Mr. Jyothilal said while addressing the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board’s (PNGRB) road show for promoting the 10th City Gas Distribution (CGD) bidding round here on Tuesday.

Oil companies and stakeholders should exploit the opportunity arising out of the switch over. Even they should look for tapping hydrogen as a fuel for vehicles.

The standard for vehicles should be made stringent, he said.

The feasibility of taking piped gas by the side of the proposed third and fourth railway lines from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod should be examined in view of the delay and hurdles in acquiring land. Mr. Jyothilal said laying pipes for the CGD at least from Thiruvananthapuram to Kollam could be taken up and the sharing cost of land to be acquired could be explored.

He said the alignment for the proposed 510-km rail lines from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod to be executed by Kerala Railway Development Corporation Ltd. (KRDCL), the special purpose vehicle set up for execution of viable projects between the State and Railways, was being finalised.

Industries Secretary Sharmila Mary Joseph, who addressed the meeting, said availability of vibrant natural gas would trigger industrial development.

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