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Jabalpur streets to get ‘green’ e-rickshaws soon

The residents of Jabalpur will soon have a green commuting option, with the civic authorities set to introduce electric rickshaws to reduce vehicular pollution and address the shortage of public transport in the city.

bhopal Updated: Jan 06, 2016 18:03 IST
Neelesh Chaudhari
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The residents of Jabalpur will soon have a green commuting option, with the civic authorities set to introduce electric rickshaws to reduce vehicular pollution and address the shortage of public transport in the city.

The Jabalpur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL) — a special purpose vehicle formed jointly by the municipal corporation and the development authority to deal with public transport issues — is also facilitating loans to the poor and the unemployed to purchase e-rickshaws under the National Urban Livelihoods Mission.

JCTSL officials say e-rickshaws can be a better alternative to the vehicles burning fossil fuels. “This will not only cut down pollution but also help many unemployed people earn a livelihood,” an official said.

JCTSL chief executive officer Sachin Vishwakarma told HT, “The applicants falling in the below poverty line category will get easy finance for the e-rickshaw under the government scheme. For the above poverty line applicants, we are in process of pursuing the bank for finance.”

More than 100 people have already sought financial aid (`1.25 lakh each) from the JCTSL in the past five days. The last date of sending an application in this regard is January 15.

“I heard from a relative about the e-rickshaw. It needs less maintenance than the traditional auto rickshaw, so I have applied for it,” says Jitendra Jat, a labourer.

Similarly, Khemchand Rai, a small-time vendor on the bus stand, has applied for financial assistance to purchase the environment-friendly rickshaw. “I want to give up the current work as I don’t have a permanent place to sell articles,” Rai says.

Currently, the JCTSL runs 119 buses, including 44-seater 50 buses and 28-seater 69 mini buses, in the city under the public private partnership mode through three private bus operators.

E-rickshaw runs on battery and once charged it covers a distance of 70-80 kilometres depending on road conditions. It can carry five persons at a time and has a top speed of 25 kmph. Its battery can be charged from the solar panel mounted on its roof, or through electricity.

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The Jabalpur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL) is a special purpose vehicle formed jointly by the municipal corporation and the development authority to deal with public transport issues

The JCTSL is facilitating loans to the poor and the unemployed to purchase e-rickshaws under the National Urban Livelihoods Mission

The last date of sending an application in this regard is January 15

More than 100 people have already sought financial aid (Rs 1.25 lakh each) from the JCTSL in the past five days

E-rickshaw runs on battery and once charged it covers a distance of 70-80 kilometers depending on road conditions

It can carry five persons at a time and has a top speed of 25 kmph