E-autos to cover 5 km from Metro Rail stations

The service was launched on Thursday along with HMRL, LTMRHL and with support from WRI India & UK charity Shell Foundation

Hyderabad: MetroRide, the artificial intelligence (AI) enabled ride-hailing mobility platform, has launched electric auto services for first and last-mile connectivity for Hyderabad Metro Rail.

The service was launched on Thursday along with Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL), L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited (LTMRHL) and with support from WRI India (World Resources Institute) and UK charity Shell Foundation.

The launch event was held at the Parade Ground Metro Rail station and will also be available at Raidurg. The services will be extended to other stations later.

The electric autorickshaws will connect to those living within a 5-km radius of the Parade Ground and Raidurg stations, with a minimum charge of Rs 10.

According to a statement, a survey showed that 38 per cent of those who do not use the Metro Rail stay away because of the lack of an affordable, accessible and reliable first and last-mile service. The new service aims to bridge that gap, and aims to serve one million customers in the first year.

Speaking at the launch, N.V.S. Reddy, Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited, said, "Improving the first and last mile connectivity is an important goal for us. We believe that providing these electric auto services would have a positive socio-economic impact to all stakeholders and make the journey more comfortable for Metro Rail users."

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