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Lalitpur Metropolis Police has provided electric scooters for the quick response team. With 5 electric scooters, the metro police department is gaming for quick service in the city. Chiri Babu Maharjan, the re-elected mayor of the metropolis has stated to buy electric vehicles (EVs) from now onwards for the city. The ongoing price hike in petroleum products has marginally increased the import for EVs.
The city police organized a program on Thursday, 21st July 2022. The police distributed 5 electric scooters to its quick response team (QRT). The scooters can run up to 80KM and takes around 3 hours for a full charge. It will aid the response team and serve the local people of the city. The metropolitan city also has set the concept ‘Patan city does not sleep 24 hours.’ The addition of EVs and CCTV cameras is assisting the concept.
“By 2030, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) aims to replace all petroleum-powered vehicles; Nepal is a signatory to this agreement. However, Nepal has set a goal for 2040 and made some changes to it. The target year of 2022 is quickly approaching, and as of right now, we have a policy of refusing to buy any petroleum-consuming vehicles. Only electric vehicles would be needed for everything.” Chiri Babu Maharjan spoke in the program.
Also, the mayor of LMC stated that the metropolitan area is currently planning to buy a modern fire engine. Additionally, he stated that teams equipped with scooters will be sent out to patrol parking lots and congested streets, remove illegally placed hoardings and advertisements, and put a stop to any illegal activity.
Due to ongoing havoc caused by the Russia-Ukraine war, the price of petroleum products sored to the sky. Even though the crude oil price has dropped down recently, the state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) is reluctant to decrease the price. Netizens are bound to fuel their vehicles paying a hefty amount of price. And inflation doesn’t seem to stop rising. In this scenario, electric vehicles are must needed.
EVs are pollution free. Running on electric batteries, such vehicles don’t need petroleum products. A few hours of charge can keep it running for a day. Also, Nepal Electricity Authority has been supplying electricity without a brake during this rainy season. Mr.Kulman Ghising has been proposing charging stations in various places in Nepal. So, the implementation of EVs should be swiftly commenced at all the local levels.
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The energy is sustainable too as electricity is generated by hydropower in Nepal. With a worse Air Quality Index in major cities, Evs are the better solutions for both feasibility and sustainability. Recently, Sajha Bus also commenced an e-bus service. If EVs start to operate on both public and private levels, the green future is nearby for Nepal despite the hurdles.
So, what do you think about Lalitpur Metropolis Police providing Electric Scooters to QRT? It’s time to move towards a greener future, isn’t it? Feel free to pour your thoughts and opinions in our comment section below.
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