Sunday, 29 April 2012

Eco friendly vehicle/feeder takes out toll for New Delhi Metro stations

It's an eco friendly initiative to be brought in by Starbus, capitalizing upon the delay of Bus feeder scheme. It's sister subsidiary, Green Wheels, launched 25 battery-operated vehicles yesterday. Branded G-Riks, these eco-friendly vehicles will charge Rs 10 per passenger.

Initially the service has been started between Malviya Nagar Metro station and Select City Walk Mall in Saket.  The company plans to ramp up the fleet strength over the next few months. The promoter of the project, Green Wheels Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of the Argentum Group, said they plan to introduce a total of 5,000 such vehicles, branded as G-Rik, within next 15 months for which negotiations are being held with various government agencies.

Ajay Singh of Angentum group, the promoters of both Star Bus and Green Wheels, said, "We plan to pump Rs 100 crore into the project over the next 15 months. Five thousand of these eco-friendly vehicles will be put on roads during that period." The vehicles, which will come up in clusters, will cover 2km in each cluster, providing last-mile connectivity. Next on the cluster list is Delhi University, Gurgaon and other locations, said Singh. With the commencement of this service, Delhi will now be on par with some of the most advanced cities in the world offering eco-friendly electric vehicle feeder service, he said.

The three wheeler G-Rik was developed after extensive research and development by Green Wheels for over two years and has been fully customised to adapt to Indian conditions.


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