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NEW DELHI, March 28 (Xinhua) -- India's Union Power Ministry and the government of capital Delhi have decided to set up over 130 electric charging stations in the capital to address concerns and needs of potential electric car buyers, according to official sources.

Electric vehicles are expected to be launched in India by a few car-makers by July-August this year. The plan is to set up three such charging stations at the Delhi Metro rail stations, 34 at the CNC (compressed natural gas) stations, 48 at petrol and diesel stations, and one each in the parking areas of Delhi's international airport and the Jamia Millia University.

Such electric vehicles charging stations would be made operational in the next three months, well ahead of the launch of the electric cars and these facilities would be chargeable for the electric vehicle users, confirmed a senior government official to Xinhua.

The decision of setting up these electric charging stations was taken at a meeting between the country's Power Minister R.K. Singh and Delhi government officials last month, added the government official.

The official source further stated that once such cars are launched, there would be a huge rush from among the users as there is great demand, especially in Delhi and surrounding areas, in the wake of rising levels of air pollution over the years.

Introduction of electric cars would also be one of the measures to contain the rising air pollution levels in the Indian capital.

Delhi and its surrounding areas have been witnessing alarming air pollution levels, as the air quality remains at "severely dangerous" level for most of the year now.

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