As part of its policy of promoting pollution free transport system, the Indian government has distributed 5100 electric autorickshaws to beneficiaries under a government scheme.
India has been promoting e-rickshaws as mode of public transport in order to cut down carbon emissions caused by fossil fuel-driven autorickshaws while also creating job opportunities for the weaker section of society. Already electric autorickshaws are becoming popular in the Delhi-NCR region.
Indian prime minister Narendra Mod has distributed 5100 Electric autorickshaws under Mudra Yojna Scheme in Noida while launching the Stand Up India initiative that aims to boost entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Women.
The beneficiaries those who received e-rickshaws include existing rickshaw owners, jobless women and transgenders.
The Electric autorickshaws are scheduled for distribution in the Delhi-NCR region covering Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad. The tax app aggregator Ola is providing an option for the customers to book electric rickshaws through mobile app while making online payment through Freecharge.
The scheme also takes initiative to set up charging stations to charge e-rickshaw batteries and service centres for the maintenance of e-rickshaws and batteries.
The training of the e-rickshaw drivers has been done under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. The government is also providing training to women through Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to drive e-rickshaws.
Explaining his vision for converting job seekers into job creators, the Prime Minister said the Stand Up India initiative will transform the lives of the Dalits and the Adivasis.
Earlier, the Prime Minister interacted with the families of some of the beneficiaries, who narrated him on how e-rickshaws would change their lives for the better.
The Prime Minister booked an e-rickshaw, and took a brief e-rickshaw ride towards the stage, making the payment for the ride through a cellphone.