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Karnataka’s fisheries department has decided to introduce e-vehicles (EV) with cold storage facility and solar panels for the door-to-door delivery of fish.

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Under the ‘Fresh fish to home’ programme of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana, EVs will be distributed to the beneficiaries in the next 15 days, said minister for fisheries, ports and inland water transport S. Angara.

In an attempt to provide consumers with fresh fish at their doorsteps, and uplift the fishing community, Karnataka’s fisheries department has decided to introduce e-vehicles with cold storage facility and solar panels for the door-to-door delivery of fish.

“We plan to procure more vehicles in the next financial year. The formal launch will be announced after consulting chief minister Basavaraj Bommai,” Angara said.

The department has reserved Rs. 4 Crore for the project. The cost of each vehicle is about Rs. 8 Lakh, he told TOI.

The vehicles will be fitted with a solar panel, freezer, swappable lithium batteries, speaker and GPRS, and is connected to a fisheries department app to take orders. Beneficiaries for the purchase of the vehicle will be selected by the fisheries department, and priority will be given to women.

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According to the Ministry of Power’s announcement late last year, Karnataka ranked no. 1 on the State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2020 as a result of undertaking various initiatives to upscale energy efficiency in the state, beyond notifications of relevant regulations.

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