Webinar on making Madhya Pradesh an EV State conducted on 10 August


PHDCCI’s MP Chapter and MP Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd, organised a Webinar on Making Madhya Pradesh an EV State on 10 August. Shri Nikunj Srivastava, IAS, Commissioner, Urban Administration and Development , MP informed that, their government had announced a policy for electric vehicles in 2019 and he invited suggestions from the industry to make it better than other states.

217 Charging stations have been given permission by the MP government so far. The Guest of Honor, Transport Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh, Shri Mukesh Jain IPS, said that electric transport is a good option to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions, and like other countries, vehicle emission norms should be strictly impose so that citizens have to adopt EVs. He also stressed on quality and recycling policy for batteries.

A knowledge report prepared by PHD Chamber and ICRA was also unveiled during the programme.A presentation on the same was given by Mr Shamsher Dewan, VP, ICRA.

Giving his Presidential address in the program, Mr. Pradeep Multani, Senior Vice President of PHD Chamber, praised the efforts being done by Madhya Pradesh Energy Development Corporation and other departments on Electric Vehicles and told that Madhya Pradesh is a fast developing state
and is doing good work in environment protection and other areas, he said that through this program industries will be inspired to set up Electric Vehicle Infra in Madhya Pradesh.
Mr. Firoz Meshram, Chief Engineer, Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company said that in order to increase more participation in the charging infrastructure, there is a provision to give permission to EV charging operators in just 48 hours by MPPMCL. Apart from this the fixed tariff has also been reduced.

PHD Chamber’s Power and RE & AE Committee, Chairman, Mr. Sanjeev Gupta told that Madhya Pradesh is the second most populous state of the country and had immense potential and an auto cluster already existing which could help in creating an ecosystem for EVs.
Dr. Surendra Bajpai Executive Engineer Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam while answering the questions of the participants in the technical session said that e-rickshaw has emerged as a better option for last point connectivity.
Mr. S Muralidharan, Chairman, E-mobility Market, suggested that there are many auto manufacturing units in the state and parts of charging stations in electric vehicles can be made here, which will also reduce the cost and generate employment and new investment in the state.
Mr. Varun Chaturvedi, Founder, Volactic Charging, said that the government has made a lot of good efforts to promote electric vehicles and if the government is giving some more incentives in it, then it will help companies to set up charging stations.
Other speakers in the Panel Discussion included Mr Tushar Bhardwaj, CEO Solar Energy Technology, Mr. Sanyog Tiwari, CEO E-urja. The Panel discussion was moderated by Mr Ashish Modani, VP, ICRA.

Mr Salil Gupta, Co-Chairman, Power, RE and AE Committee, delivered his Remarks before the Panel Discussion
The program was conducted by Dr. Yogesh Srivastava, Assistant Secretary General, PHD Chamber. Vote of Thanks in the Inaugural session was given by Pradeep Karambelkar M, Chairman, PHD Chamber, Madhya Pradesh Chapter and Smt. Preeti Saluja Co-Chairperson,  Madhya Pradesh Chapter delivered the Vote of thanks after the Panel discussion.