Residents of Noida, especially those living in the newly developed sectors, need no longer rely on overcharging auto-rickshaws for short distances. They can now look forward to a much cheaper alternative – e-rickshaw.
As many as 13 routes, covering a maximum number of sectors, have been finalised by the Noida Administration for the e-rickshaws to ply on.
The decision was taken on Thursday at a meeting which preceded distribution of the battery-operated rickshaws by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Noida on April 5.
For safety of passengers, the e-rickshaws will be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers. Though these vehicles will not be allowed to ply on the busy Noida-Greater Noida Express Way, they can pass through the adjoining service lanes.
The proposal to allow e-rickshaws on city roads was approved by a joint meeting of officials of the Noida Authority, Traffic Police and the Department of Transport.
Speaking to City Spidey, Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Rachna Yaduvanshi, informed that so far, permission is given to only 250 e-rickshaws to ply on Noida roads. The department has decided to raise the number to 1,000 in next phase.
The Metro Rail Corporation has agreed to provide parking space to e-rickshaws at all Metro stations.