Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched the first electric rickshaw zone In Gurgaon, which will cover Cyber City, Golf Course Road, Iffco Chowk, Huda City Centre and other prominent places. He also flagged off 600 e-rickshaws as part of the project from the Galleria market.
The project is named Parivartan. In this 12,000 diesel and petrol autos will be replaced in a phased manner. Diesel and CNG autos would not be allowed in the e-rick zone, but private cars and buses could run as usual.
Khattar said – “We have started an electric three-wheeler zone in one part of the city to begin with. We will gradually replace 12,000 diesel and petrol autos in Gurgaon. Auto owners will be provided with loans from banks and MCG will help them procure e-rickshaws. The corporation will also give a subsidy of Rs 30,000 to those who will replace their autos with e-rickshaws.”
A shuttle service will be available to and from various points in the electric vehicle zone. Charging stations will also be set up for the e-rickshaws at regular intervals. The fare for an individual ride has been fixed at Rs 5 per km. For shared trips, the fares are yet to be decided.
The concessionaire would have to construct waiting areas at the e-rickshaw stands and set up charging stations too. However, the Haryana Auto Association, has raised objections to the decision to replace diesel autos with e-rickshaws, claiming it would only favour a few private companies. According to them, this move will affect the livelihood of diesel and CNG auto owners.