Taking a cue from the Delhi government’s odd-even scheme to resolve traffic jam problems and check growing pollution in the national capital, the Kota Municipal Corporation (KMC) is also all set to launch the Cycle Sharing Project (CSP) to promote rented cycle riding in the city, providing easy, eco-friendly and economical means of public transport to the people. “Efforts are being made to make the CSP operational by the next month,” said KMC chief executive officer Shivprasad M Nakate.
As per the CSP, which is to be launched on the public-private partnership (PPP) model, the residents will be able to use bicycles on rent for transportation in the city where two bicycle parking stands are being developed. Bicycles will be provided by a private company called Delhi Cycles Private Limited.
“People interested in riding rented bicycles will have to buy prepaid cards for Rs 500 which includes Rs 300 as security amount. Later they will have to make payment as per the number of hours they used the bicycles”, said Nakate. The charges for riding will be Rs 10 per hour.
Informing about this project, Nakate told HT that this project has been designed for the people living in the peripheral areas of the city who come here daily for their work. “Everybody can’t afford the luxury of auto rickshaws and other costly means of transportation so people can hire bicycles on rent for their work”, he said.
Nakate also said that this scheme would be particularly beneficial for daily wage workers who commute daily between the city and their residences located in the periphery areas. “Users can hire bicycles from one of the parking stands and later deposit them at other stands”, he said.
“The KMC will not earn anything from this project. It will only play the role of a facilitator while the private firm would invest in it by providing bicycles”, said Nakate, adding that the corporation
will spend Rs 2 lakh on construction of each of the cycle stand and would provide land for it.
“Our aim is to provide eco-friendly and economical mode of transport to the people so that the traffic can be decongested in the city and environment conservation can also be achieved”, he added.
Presently, the KMC is developing parking stands in Dakniya Railway Station and Rajeev Gandhi Nagar areas of the city. In addition, it also plans to develop such stands and start providing the rented bicycle service at 12 more locations in the city.
“Since many people come to city from peripheral areas so a parking stand is being developed at Dakniya railway station in Kota. Another stand will be in the Rajeev Gandhi Nagar area”, he said.
The private firm will introduce around 20 bicycles at each of such stands. The number will be increased after getting the initial response from the people.
Expressing pleasure over this move, Bhairulal, a daily wage worker, said, “I come to this city from Itawa region daily for and face difficulties in getting cheap transportation so this cycle sharing scheme will be a good option.” Echoing similar views, another worker Ramkumar Bairwa said that this service would be beneficial for those who come from villages to the city for their work.
Nakate said that developing non-motorized public transport is one of the aspects of the Amrit Yojana of the Union government in which funds are provided for the development of urban infrastructure.
“The project will have cashless payment facility for the users”, he said.