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Mumbai may soon get e-autos


Mumbai may soon get e-autos
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There are plenty of steps being taken to curb the rising air pollution in the city. One more step in the right direction can be the introduction of electric three-wheelers.

The late Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dixit had started these in the capital and now it seems that these might be making their way to Mumbai soon. What’s more, is that one can hail them using a mobile app. If all goes as per the plans, then one will be able to hail electric three-wheelers or e-rickshaw from Ghatkopar and Kurla stations.

The initiative is being promoted by Central Railway (CR). Given the increasing level of pollution in the city, CR plans to promote e-autos that claim to have zero emissions. CR will be offering space for charging these auto and also parking space.

Since one can hail these autos via an app, it will be more convenient for the users as they will be able to see the price beforehand and hence no chances of them getting fleeced. Moreover, the e-auto wallahs will not be able to turn down the requests of the users and people will save a lot of time that usually goes in running behind the auto-rickshaw or in trying to convince them. It will also be an alternative to buses where people end up standing in long queues.

At the moment, CR has chalked out a plan to allocate 1000 sq m at both Ghatkopar and Kurla stations for charging and parking. Talking about this initiative, CR senior divisional commercial manager Robin Kalia said, “The charging infrastructure will be developed by the operator. The combined earning potential is Rs 47 lakh per year. We are in touch with a few start-ups and expect a good response.”

CR is planning to float the tenders for these on February 28. CR officials feel that since there are long queues at Kurla station for people wanting to hail an auto or a bus, this move will receive a hearty welcome. Most people at this station are heading towards BKC, Phoenix Mall and Kamini, so there might be fixed routes for the e-autos. While in Ghatkopar, they may be offering rides to Garodia Nagar and Chembur.

In Delhi, these e-autos are not monitored. However, they offer an excellent end mile connectivity and mostly charge Rs 10 per passenger.

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