New Delhi: Minister of Large and Small Scale Industry, K.J. George on Wednesday inaugurated the Electric Vehicle Summit organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Karnataka government. Mr. George, speaking at the event highlighted the importance of green energy in today’s day and time and said that there’s a need to develop electric vehicles that run on green energy.

Mr. George tweeted about the key focus of the summit to four areas. He explained that the first focus of the event is to maintain the lead share of Karnataka as a preferred destination for attracting investments in manufacturing electric vehicles.

Attracting investment and employment opportunities is the second focus while the third focus of the summit is to provide Research and Development opportunities in the field of electric mobility. The fourth focus of the summit is to have business to business meeting between Indian manufacturers, entrepreneurs, South Korean and Chinese entrepreneurs to form alliance in order to excel.

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Mr. George announced that the electric vehicles manufacturing companies have expressed interest in investing about Rs. 31,000 crores in the state which will help generate about 55,000 employment opportunities in various fields. Mr. George said,

Bengaluru is considered as the Information Technology capital of India but I wish for it to also become the electric vehicle capital of the country. Our government is encouraging companies to manufacture electric vehicles and its components to invest here. While electric vehicles are good, in the interest of the environment, we need to give importance to research and development of vehicles that run on green energy.

Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary of the Department of Commerce & Industries, announced that about 120 electric vehicles charging stations were being developed by Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd. Mr. Gupta added,

We are also in discussion with the Urban Development Department to change building bylaws to reserve about 10-30 per cent of parking space for electric vehicles. A mobile app is also being developed for the benefit of electric vehicle users, that will tell them about the nearest available charging station.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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