e-rick­shaws on se­lect routes in Ma­ha­rash­tra

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The State Gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra is said to have al­lowed the op­er­a­tion of e-rick­shaws on se­lect routes by pri­vate play­ers. The trans­port au­thor­i­ties, claim in­dus­try sources, are how­ever un­cer­tain. They seem to fear stiff op­po­si­tion from au­torick­shaw op­er­a­tors, and are in favour of an ef­fi­cient sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture for such elec­tric ve­hi­cles. While e-rick­shaws are a com­mon site in many cities in In­dia, the re­gional trans­port au­thor­i­ties are said to be go­ing slow. Plan, claimed an in­dus­try source, is to start with the city of Pune where 45,000 au­torick­shaws are ply­ing. Al­lowed to carry three per­sons, au­torick­shaws jos­tle for space with the mu­nic­i­pal trans­port buses in the city that is fast ex­pand­ing in all di­rec­tions, and has per­haps the big­gest pop­u­la­tion of two wheel­ers in the coun­try. With a ca­pac­ity to carry four per­sons, e-rick­shaws are ex­pected to pro­vide a stiff com­pe­ti­tion to au­torick­shaws. Metic­u­lous plan­ning by the au­thor­i­ties is un­der­way, claimed a source aware of the de­vel­op­ment.

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