Keeping in mind the “severe strain on its transportation network and traffic management”, the South Municipal Corporation on Monday announced plans to start a bicycle sharing project in the city. In a bid to provide commuters with first- and last-mile connectivity, the corporation said it would allow people to rent bicycles near public transport hubs such as Metro stations and bus stops.
For this project, the civic agency signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an Ahmedabad-based NGO, Centre for Green Mobility (CGM), on Monday. The project will be started on pilot basis for the South corporation and if successful, it will be introduced in all zones.
Standing Committee chairman Satish Upadhyay said the South corporation had taken this initiative to tackle the strain on public transport and traffic management.
“We will check the feasibility of this project and if we are successful, it will be launched in all zones,” he said.
The corporation has set aside Rs 25 crore for the project in this financial year. The operational costs shall be met with the help of private equity. However, the corporation wasn’t forthcoming on details regarding the rental system, fare and the places where this project would be initiated.
Executive Director of CGM Anuj Malhotra said this was an opportune time to initiate facilities such as cycle-sharing, which has a huge potential as an alternative mode of travel in Delhi. “The feasibility report will detail the services, which include technical and promotional features of the system,” Malhotra said.
CGM will provide the South corporation with technical assistance and advisory support for the pilot project.
The corporation claimed that this is an effort to create a cycling culture in the city, especially among the youth. “This will go a long way in making Delhi more friendly, greener and healthier for its people,” Upadhyay said.
He said the corporation had recognised the need for timely management of various aspects of urban transportation as well as strengthening the public transportation system and eco-friendly transportation network through various initiatives to benefit residents of the city.