The public transport scene in Nagpur has just been revolutionised.
The taxi-aggregator firm Ola has launched its first multimodal electric vehicle facility in the Orange City, marking a groundbreaking change in the way urban India will commute.
A 200-strong fleet of electrically powered cabs, rickshaws, buses and autos has been furnished by Ola in partnership with Mahindra.
The project- starting with a 50-car fleet and a charging station- was inaugurated by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari at the Nagpur Airport on Friday evening.
The project would incorporate a variety of EVs which would be available to users of the Ola app according to their transportation requirements.
Charging stations will be located at 4 strategic points in the city, for the smooth operation of these vehicles. Apart from Mahindra, vehicles will also be sourced from Tata Motors, Kinetic and TVS, among others.
This comes as a welcome move by the Maharashtra government, which has waived off VAT, road tax and registration for electric vehicles across the state, in a bid to promote sustainable transport and alleviation of air pollution in major urban centres.
An Ola charging station. officechai
The switch to EV's would also result in considerable savings in fossil fuel while cutting down carbon emissions in India by as much as 1 gigatonne by 2030, a NITI Aayog report says.
Nagpur is making unprecedented progress in the infrastructure sphere. With burgeoning population, greater density of traffic on the roads and a temporary loss of space owing to the Metro and concrete road construction, it remains to be seen if Nagpurkars are welcome to the concept of e-transport, for long term environmental and economic benefits.
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