Himachal Pradesh Budget 2023: Sukhvinder Singh Sukh announced in the assembly on Friday that Himachal Pradesh will be developed as a 'Green Energy State' by March 31, 2026.
The Himachal Pradesh government presented the state budget for the 2023-24 fiscal on Friday, with a special focus on making Himachal a "green state". From introducing provisions to encourage the use of electric vehicles to proposing the Green Hydrogen Policy and Green Mission, here's a look at what the Congress-led government's "green budget" had in store:
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Himachal — a model state for electric vehicles
Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukh, who took the oath of office just a few months back, said his government has decided to make Himachal Pradesh a "model state of an electric vehicle". He said electric vehicles will be encouraged in a phased manner with the collaboration of private and public sectors.
In the Budget, he laid out several provisions aimed at encouraging people to use electric vehicles. Some of them include:
>Rs 1,000 crore was allotted for the replacement of 1,500 diesel buses with e-buses.
>In order to buy an e-bus, private bus operators will be provided a subsidy of 50 percent upto Rs 50 lakh.
>Also, a 50 percent grant/gratuity of upto Rs 50 lakh will be provided on the purchase of an e-truck.
>Parwanu-Nalagad-Una, Hamripur-Amb-Noorpur, Pawta-Nahan-Shimla, Shimla-Bilaspur-Chamba-Mandi-Pathankot, Manali-Kelong highways will be developed as green corridors.
>Rs 25,000 subsidy will be provided on the purchase of an electric scooter. This has been announced for 20,000 girls attending Himachal government schools.
>The CM announced a grant of 50 percent for the construction of charging stations.
>E-bus depots will be made in Nadaun and Shimla.
In a move to enforce his message of turning Himachal Pradesh into a "green state", the chief minister reached the Vidhan Sabha in an electrical vehicle to present the Budget.
Apart from these, the CM said:
>There is a target to set up Solar Energy Projects of 500 MW in 2023-24.
>The state government will bring the Green Hydrogen Policy soon
>There will be "high-density plantation of fruits such as dragon fruit and avocado under the green mission. Tea plantation will be done in not-so-lush hilly areas.
>Green campaign will be organised to prevent the incidents of landslides. For this, 250 hectares of land will be selected.
>Green tourism facilities will be provided at a cost of Rs 174 crore
>Green hydrogen policy will be brought in the state under which two panchayats of each sub-division will become green panchayats.
>Flying squads would be formed to curb illegal mining
Sukhvinder Singh Sukh announced in the assembly on Friday that Himachal Pradesh will be developed as a 'Green Energy State' by March 31, 2026.
First Published: Mar 17, 2023 3:18 PM IST
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