e-rickshaws on select routes in Maharashtra
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.