New Delhi:

The Delhi government has exempted road tax on its battery-operated vehicles under its new Electric Vehicle Policy, Delhi Transport minister Kailash Gahlot said on Sunday.

The Transport department, in it notification issued on Saturday, stated that the Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi exempted the tax levied upon all battery electric vehicles with immediate effect.

Gahlot said in a tweet "Congrats Delhi! As promised by CM @ArvindKejriwal when announcing landmark EV Policy, Delhi govt has EXEMPTED road tax on Battery Operated Vehicles. With rigc vehicle ht incentives & supporting infra, we are determined to ensure Delhi leads the country in rapid transition to Elec Vehicles "

"Another crucial step towards ensuring a pollution-free Delhi. This incentive-based policy will encourage large scale adoption of electric vehicles, and bring us closer to fulfilling our dream of making Delhi the EV capital of India," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

Delhi government will provide financial assistance to those buying electric vehicles under Electric Vehicle Policy. Financial assistance of ₹30,000 will be given on the purchase of 2-wheelers, ₹1.5 lakh on cars and ₹30,000 on auto-rickshaws and e-rickshaws.

In August, Kejriwal announced that the Delhi government has notified the electric vehicle policy.

Kejriwal had announced the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020, with a focus to increase the adoption of electric vehicles in Delhi by incentivizing the purchase and use of the EVs. The policy aims to register 5 lakh electric vehicles in the city by 2024.