She Rickshaws in Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam, one of the places on list of smart cities in AP state is soon going to witness ‘She Rickshaws’. The measure, which comes as part of the Smart City proposal submitted by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) to the Union urban development ministry under the Smart Cities Challenge, will initially see 200 e-rickshaws introduced in and around the RK Beach area, which was identified for an Area Based Development (ABD) project, and later appear in all other areas across the city. So, She Rickshaws are ready to hit the streets in Vizag, taking a ‘smart’ step forward in curbing the pollution emitted by diesel autorickshaws. GVMC estimated that initially, it would cost around Rs.2.3 crore. Also female drivers are undergoing training to run the rickshaws. A GVMC official said, “Measures like the introduction of women driven e-rickshaws (She Rickshaws) have been proposed to be operated as an area wide strategy along with the installation of air pollution monitoring devices, ‘smart’ signalling and traffic surveillance in order to reduce diesel-related emissions. Traffic management and surveillance strategies will take note of the level of pollution data gathered by the pollution monitoring devices”.