In a bid to curb down the transport issues faced by the citizens living in Pune, the state transport department will now allow electric-autorickshaws to commute in the outer areas of the city.
Emphasizing on the survey done by the department, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Ashok Morale, said,
After conducting a detailed survey on the normal autos operating across the city, we have identified 17 routes where these e-autos will be given permission to operate. Majority of these roads are on the outskirts, including Baner, Hinjewadi, Katraj, Hadapsar, Pashan and other areas. The report is in final stage and we will be submitting it to the Pune RTO soon.
The permission got delayed because the regular autorickshaw walas and e- autorickshaw walas were at loggerheads. The regular autorickshaw walas united together and objected saying that e- autorickshaw walas would eat up their business.
Talking about the directive of allowing e-autos, State Transport Commissioner Pravin Gedam told Pune Mirror,
The state transport department will not be introducing this electric autorickshaw service in any part of the state. However, anyone who is up for operating these vehicles surely can. Also, they will not be restricted by the regional transport office (RTO).
Sanjay Raut, Pune deputy regional transport officer, informed,
As per instructions from the head office, we are working with the Pune traffic police officials to finalise the routes, where these e-auto services will be permitted. We have also asked for a report from the traffic police department before taking a final call. Further procedure will be done by the RTO.
Information source: punemirror