The first phase of a government-backed plan to make the Indian capital, Mumbai, a more livable place to live by 2025 is expected to see the adoption of an electric car by 2030, according to a proposal for the first phase released by the Maharashtra government in April.
The plan will see a “significant reduction” in traffic congestion, pollution and noise and improve the quality of life for the people living in the area.
The government, however, has not yet decided whether the electric car will be built in India, said Rajesh Kumar, chairman of the Indian Motor Corporation, which is working on the project.
The state government is planning to invest Rs 3,000 crore ($4.3 billion) in the project, which will be funded by the state’s road and bridge projects and is being backed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
The project will be completed in two phases: Phase 1 will see the electric cars installed in the main road network and in new areas and Phase 2 will see them installed in newly constructed public areas.
The project has also attracted support from the country’s biggest automobile makers, which have all said they are keen to help the government get the project off the ground.
“The electric vehicle is a critical piece in the urban mobility agenda of Maharashtra,” said Bharat Motor Corporation chairman Anurag Thakur.
“We are working on all the fronts, from manufacturing to logistics, to supply chain to supply and service, to product development.
We are excited to work on this project with the government of Maharashtra.”
The Maharashtra government has invested a total of Rs 2,300 crore ($2.7 billion) into the project and is set to complete the project in two years.
The electric car project has been under development since 2015.
Maharashtra has a population of 5.5 million and is the second largest state in India after Uttar Pradesh, according the 2015 Census.