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Indore plans e-rickshaws to ferry bus users to and fro their homes

Thursday - December 5, 2019 11:59 am , Category : MADHYA PRADESH
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WTN- In a bid to promote the greater use of public transport the Indore administration has envisaged a a novel plan. It will now use e-rickshaws to enter the nooks and crannies of certain city areas to fetch commuters to the bus stop. Experts believe if people in those areas stop the use of their personal vehicles and adopt public transport instead, pollution will reduce by at least 20 per cent.

As a pilot project it will be rolled out in specific areas of the city which are populated mostly by students and young professionals as well as coaching institutes. These students often use their two-wheelers to commute because they find it difficult to reach the bus stop walking the distance. The penetration of e-rickshaws in the lanes and gullies will remove this inconvenience and encourage these students to use the city bus.

The e-rickshaws are non-polluting vehicles which can carry 4-6 persons at a time. There is plan to keep separate e-rickshaws for women/girls. The ticket for the BRTS city buses will also be available on the e-rickshaws, which is an added convenience as it will save the time and hassle of queueing up at the ticket counter. This seamless transportation option is bound to be a hit with youngsters as it is cheap, convenient and saves their fuel cost as well. Shuttle service is a major urban need to promote public transport use and it is conspicuously missing in most of our cities, which raises the importance of the Indore administration’s ideation.

Many people are ready to dump their vehicle and commute by city bus only if they have a cheap and fast way available to reach the bus stop. Our bus stops don’t even have parking facilities so that people from far can reach the spot by their personal vehicle and from there take the bus. There are residential colonies spread in 2-3 km area of every major arterial road and these colonies are often not connected by any public transport. This proves as a big deterrent for people and their only solution is to purchase/keep their own vehicle.

In turn, vehicular pollution rises manifolds due to their use, even as it has become a major issue today, leading to widespread breathing problems and lung ailments. If the project takes off well, Indore needs to have such facility in every populated area which is away from the bus route to encourage more and more people to use public modes of communication. The Indore example can be replicated in other cities also which all are suffering the same drawbacks.

Greater demand will also lead to enhancement of services and facilities in the public transport domain because more traffic would generate more funds for efficient upkeep of the system and people’s opinions and feedbacks would matter. We need to devise all ways possible to reduce pollution levels in our cities, and this initiative of the Indore administration is real praiseworthy for the template it is going to set.- Window To News