FARIDABAD BECOMES THE THIRD CITY IN NCR TO GET E-RICKSHAW FACILITY FROM METRO STATIONS TO ENSURE LAST MILE CONNECTIVITY
With a view to provide convenience to its commuters by ensuring last mile connectivity from the areas falling in Faridabad, the E-Rickshaw service was formally flagged-off from the Escorts Mujesar Metro Station today by Sh. Sharat Sharma, Director/Operations, DMRC in the presence of other senior DMRC officials.
Thus, Faridabad becomes the third city to have the E-rickshaw facility from Metro stations after these services being launched in Vaishali and HUDA City Centre earlier this year.This is only the first fleet of 150 E-rickshaws being launched today which will cover four metro stations in Faridabad namely Escorts Mujesar, Bata Chowk, Neelam Ajronda Chowk and Old Faridabad. In the year 2018, a total of 1000 E-rickshaws will cover all the stations falling in Faridabad region of Haryana.
Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Sharat Sharma said, ‘This eco-friendly initiative of introducing E-rickshaws at the Metro stations will enable the commuters to prefer non-polluting public transport modes over personal vehicles. The prime objective behind provision of last mile connectivity is to promote the use of public transport and to provide speedy, reliable and easy access to metro stations and to transit points/destinations.
DMRC has partnered with M/s Treasure Vase Ventures Pvt. Ltd. to operate the services in Gurugram and Faridabad under their brand name smart-E. Both DMRC and SmartE are closely working to also enable Metro Smart Cards for SmartE ride payments, towards the vision of ‘Common Mobility Card’.
The specially designed E-rickshaws with covered cabin and full front windscreen will provide the last mile connectivity within an area of 3-4 KM around Metro stations. They are also enabled with CCTV and GPS availability. The fares for these SmartE rides have been kept very nominal and digital payments through BHIM app is also accepted in 100 E-rickshaws as of now.
Earlier this year in June, the Delhi Metro introduced its first E-rickshaw service from Vaishali Metro stations with a fleet of 11 e-rickshaws being run at present from metro stations in Ghaziabad covering different routes. This fleet will also be increased to 600 which would be run from all 7 stations falling in Ghaziabad and NOIDA region.
Again in September 2017, another fleet of 500 E-rickshaws was launched from the Huda City Centre Metro station in Gurugram covering all metro stations falling in Gurugram region of Haryana. More than 25,000 metro commuters currently use this service to reach their destinations. As on date, DMRC operates 291 feeder buses on 42 routes connecting 54 metro stations. Around two lakh persons use these feeder bus services on daily basis. AD/ED (CC)