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The Chennai Metro Rail will sign an agreement with the Power Grid Corporation of India for setting up charging infrastructure to power e-bikes and e-cars at select stations.
According to officials of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), for a start, this facility will be made available in Koyambedu, Thirumangalam, Alandur and St. Thomas Mount stations. Talks are on for procuring e-cars and e-bikes and each station will have 5 such cars and 10 bikes.
A commuter who wants to use an e-bike or an e-car can charge it at a special charging point at the four stations. “We are looking at various options for providing last-mile connectivity for passengers. In this plan, we will get revenue for leasing out our space and talks are on with a firm for supplying e-bikes and e-cars,” an official said.
The Chennai Metro Rail has cycles at 12 stations, including Nehru Park, Kilpauk, Pachaiyappa’s College, Shenoy Nagar and Ekkattuthangal. Motorbikes are available at the Thirumangalam and Chennai airport Metro Rail stations.
Plea for more mini buses
But commuters said there was an insufficient number of mini-buses, which serve as feeder services. Though sources said they were looking to add more mini-buses in future for other stations too, it is not clear when it is likely to happen.
Raghava Raju, a resident, said, “Certainly, a bicycle is an useful option for many but instead of focussing on cars and bikes, they should concentrate on having more mini buses or at least share autos for commuters. That will be more convenient and affordable.”
This article first appeared on www.thehindu.com
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