Times of India | 1 week ago | 25-11-2022 | 08:32 am
MUMBAI: The additional registrar of cooperative societies has issued a directive to housing societies to grant noobjection certificates (NOC) to electric vehicle (EV) owners within seven days from the date of application if the latter have adhered to the safety advisory as per the state government standard operating procedure (SOP). Sources said this is a significant order as many residents had complained that they were unable to procure NOCs from the society managing committee. “Now, residents who purchase an electric scooter or car can easilyget an NOC within seven days if they comply with all the conditions laid down in the SOP,” an official said. The registrar office circular, a copy of which is with TOI, stated: “. . . Though the Maharashtra State Electric Vehicle Policy 2021 is comprehensive, the provision for NOC issued by a housing society/RWA (resident welfare association) to an individual EV owner for installing a private EV charger will further enhance the EV adoption rate in the city. ” It further mentioned: “As installation of an EV charging station is a de-licensed activity, any individual who wishes to install an EV charger is free to do so. An NOC should be granted by the housing society/RWA to any EV owner that wishes to set up a charging point within the building premises, provided the guidelines prescribed in the Safety Advisory for EV charging stations across Maharashtra, issued by the chief electrical inspector, are adhered to by the individual installing the charger. ” The NOC has to be granted within seven days. The state government SOP mentioned that “the parking of other vehicles in charging areas should be prohibited. In some cases, the introduction of barriers or other physical measures to preventcharging bays being used as conventional parking spaces, may need to be considered. It further stated: “Where charging points are to be provided in multi-storey car parks, consideration should be given to locating these in the open air at roof deck level to minimise potential for fire spread within the structure. All e-vehicle charging points shall be installed so that any socket-outlet of supply is at least 800mm above the highest flood level. . . ” All electrical installation work for the charging station shall be carried out by the licensed electrical contractor approved by the state government, the SOP added.