Eco-friendly autos to befriend Bangalore roads
Bangalore: Bangaloreans are of late seeing a different kind of autorickshaw on a few roads — a red, sleek, four-seater version, bigger than what they are accustomed to travelling in.
On hiring them they are delighted to find they need to pay only Rs 10 for every kilometer, even if they seem to travel a lot slower than the other autos which zip through the streets at high speed, wracking their bones in the process.
These new arrivals are battery operated three-wheelers that are far less polluting. Varun Goel, a commerce graduate from Bangalore, who has ventured into the business of importing these vehicles from China for short distance use in the city, is currently running five of them on trial, ferrying passengers in K.R. Market, Koramangala, Begur Road, and Bannerghatta Road. Goel says he was inspired by seeing these autos operate in Delhi, Rajasthan, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad and some parts of Bihar.
Although eco-friendly, these three-wheelers can only run at a speed of 20 kms per hour. But he is confident they have a role to play in short distance travel in the city, as people will have to pay merely Rs10 a km if they are introduced in Bangalore, instead of the current amount.
So confident is he about his venture’s success that he is planning to import 50 more of these eco-friendly electric autorickshaws by the end of the month.
“The advantage of these battery operated vehicles is that they do not give out carbon-monoxide emissions and don’t add to the noise pollution. They could be used as feeders for the Metro Rail and at BMTC bus stops, besides other areas frequented by Bangaloreans and tourists, ” says environmentalist Suresh Heblikar.