New Delhi: An e-rickshaw service was flagged off from the DMRC headquarters in Delhi, to provide last-mile connectivity to metro commuters.
The first fleet of 5 e-rickshaws were launched on Monday and will operate from Vaishali metro station in Ghaziabad. The first lot was flagged off by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Dr Mangu Singh on the occasion of World Environment Day.
- The specially designed e-rickshaws, with a covered cabin & a full-front windscreen, will provide the last-mile connectivity within a radius of 3 km – 4 km around Metro stations, DMRC spokesperson said.
- The DMRC spokesperson said,“These vehicles are also fitted with CCTV cameras and GPS to ensure added safety for passengers, especially women commuters. The e-rickshaws with also be operational in Gurgaon and Faridabad stations shortly. Upon the successful implementation of the e-rickshaw service in the NCR region, the service will be replicated in Delhi subject to feasibility.”
- The spokesperson said,“The issue of fare, availability of charging points, etc., are being finalised with the e-rickshaw operators. The e-rickshaw service will operate as per metro train timings — from 6 am to 11 pm.”
- For further help, commuters in Noida & Ghaziabad can also avail of relevant information on helpline number – 011-39595468.
- Singh said,“The DMRC tries to incorporate eco-friendly initiatives in all its spheres of functioning. So, ensuring a dedicated e-rickshaw service at metro stations will enable commuters to use non-polluting public transport modes over personal vehicles.”
- One of the operators of the e-rickshaw service aims to introduce 610 such vehicles at 8 operational metro stations in Noida & Ghaziabad within a year, the DMRC spokesperson added.
- At present, the DMRC operates 291 feeder buses on 42 routes connecting 54 metro stations in Delhi.
- Also, the agency has encouraged the use of bicycles by commuters at its metro station as an eco-friendly mode of transport.
- All parking slots of DMRC have space allotted for parking bicycles.
- The Delhi Metro has been operating a cycle rental service at many of its metro stations in an effort to provide last-mile connectivity.