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Residents of Koregaon Park get ‘smarter’ with 200 bicycles for public bicycle sharing scheme

The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited(PSCDCL) has launched more than 200 ‘smart’ bicycles in Koregaon Park to facilitate eco-friendly way to commute in and around the area.

pune Updated: Aug 11, 2018 17:12 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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This was executed as the next phase of smart public bicycle sharing service. Siddharth Dhende, deputy mayor of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) inaugurated the service at Pingale street, Koregaon Park on August 7, 2018.(HT PHOTO)

The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited(PSCDCL) has launched more than 200 ‘smart’ bicycles in Koregaon Park to facilitate eco-friendly way to commute in and around the area. This was executed as the next phase of smart public bicycle sharing service. Siddharth Dhende, deputy mayor of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) inaugurated the service at Pingale street, Koregaon Park on August 7, 2018. Rajendra Jagtap, ceo, PSCDCL; Arun Khilari, assistant municipal commissioner; Vijay Dahibhate, deputy municipal commissioner and Yogesh Pingale, president, all Koregaon Park citizens’ action committee were present for the event. Corporators Umesh Gaikwad, Mangala Mantri and Lata Dhayarkar were also part of the inaugural function

After the successful implementation of thesmart public bicycle sharing service in several parts of the city, including Aundh road and Pune University, PSCDCL decided to extend it to other parts of the city.

“Pune Smart City wanted to implement the initiative in Koregaon Park area due to the fact that many residents of the area loved the idea and there was constant demand for smart public bicycle sharing service here. A positive approach from residents, especially in safeguarding the bicycles, since they belong to the operators with whom Pune Smart City has signed a MoU, will go a long way in ensuring that there is frequent and constant supply of bicycles in the area. This in turn will foster an environment friendly and a healthy way of life. We should consider taking care of the bicycles as our responsibility, so that all Punekars can benefit from it. The issues of traffic jams and pollution will be reduced through the smart public bicycle sharing scheme,” said Jagtap, during the launch.

“At a time when the number of vehicles has crossed the population mark, public bicycle sharing service started by Pune Smart City at Koregaon Park will definitely be a step towards addressing the traffic and environmental problems of Pune city,” said Dhende, deputy major of Pune.

There are more than 200 ‘smart’ bicycles kept at different stations by Pune Smart City’s operator PEDL of Zoomcar in Koregaon Park area. Residents can hire a ‘smart’ bicycle from one station and drop off at another, thus making their travel easy and comfortable.

First Published: Aug 11, 2018 17:11 IST