Chennai: With the view to promote electric and hybrid vehicles, metro stations in India are racing up to offer electric charging facilities. After Hyderabad Metro, Chennai Metro is all set to set up infrastructure for powering e-bikes and e-cars at various metro stations. To offer this facility, Chennai Metro is expected to sign an agreement with Power Grid Corporation of India.
The move to offer electric charging points at metro stations is tune with the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP). The aim of the plan is to accomplish national fuel security by promoting electric and hybrid in the country. Chennai Metro moving in the direction will soon be offering electric charging points at earmarked stations in first phase.
As per the officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) the EV charging points will be made available at St. Thomas Mount, Koyambedu, Alandur and Thirumangalam metro stations. Going a step further, CMRL is also in the process of procuring e-bikes and e-cards at each of these stations. As per initial plan, there will be 10 bikes and 5 e-cars at the stations.
With electric charging point, commuters will be able to charge their vehicles at one of the four stations. CMRL officials informed that they are mulling to offer last mile connectivity to commuters. The metro body will generate revenues by leasing out space to interested parties. They will also identify firms interested in supplying e-cars and e-bikes to commuters.
Currently Chennai Metro rail offers cycles at 12 stations. These include Ekkattuthangal, Nehru Park, Shenoy Nagar, Kilpauk and Pachaiyappa’s College. Motorbikes are available at the Thirumangalam and Chennai airport Metro Rail stations.
Commuters on the other hand have hailed the decision of CMRL on offering charging points. But they feel that there should be more number of mini buses and shared auto for several routes as it makes commuting easy.