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MoU on setting up e-vehicle unit soon: CM
Source: Chronicle News Service / DIPR

Imphal, August 31 2021: Chief minister N Biren has revealed that the government of Manipur is planning to sign a memorandum of understanding with a company to set up manufacture plant for electric-operated vehicles such as rickshaws and mini-trucks to reduce number and dependence on petrol or diesel run vehicles.

The CM made the announcement after distribution of e-cart waste collection vehicles to various Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of the state in a simple function organised by Department of MAHUD at City Convention Centre here on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, CM Biren informed that the government has taken up various measures to promote the use of electric vehicles to tackle global warming and climate change.

He maintained that the e-vehicles are economically and environmentally advantageous as compared to conventional fuel powered vehicles.

Considering the environmental benefits of electric vehicles, he added, the government is signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a manufacturing company for setting up of a manufacturing unit for the production of e-vehicles such as e-rickshaw, e-mini-truck, etc., in the state.

He expressed belief that such an initiative will help replace the existing garbage collection vehicles by eco-friendly vehicles.

The distribution of 75 e-carts is meant for use by Thoubal, Lilong (Thoubal), Yairipok, Wangjing Lamding, Sikhong Sekmai, Andro and Heirok municipal councils, said the CM.

The solid wastes collected by these vehicles will be transported to the solid waste management plant in Thoubal district.

MAHUD department is planning to set up such plants in all districts, he added.

MAHUD director Th Harikumar and other officials of the department were also present at the occasion.

It may be mentioned that the vehicles are procured under the Project "Management of Solid waste on Regional Basis (Cluster-B) in Manipur" under NLCPR scheme funded by the Ministry of DoNER.

The total cost of the project is Rs 13.52 crore.

The Department of MAHUD is the implementing agency of the project.


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