New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to begin a pilot project with rent a cycle. While the modalities in this regard have not yet been disclosed, DMRC Chief Mangu Singh confirmed the move saying it will make metro ride more people-friendly.
In Rohini and Dwarka, we are starting a full-fledged pilot project where bicycles will be given on rent and the person can ride and leave the bicycle near his designation. Earlier the rider had to return the bicycle back at the metro station, which will not be there now,” said Mangu Singh, DMRC’s Managing Director, while speaking at a two day seminar on ‘Engineering Smart cities’ organised by the Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI).
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Transport minister Gopal Rai, a few days ago, had asked the DMRC on the status of number of bicycles provided by it. He had also directed to initiate the process again to encourage cycling for commuters.
Presently, there are just four stations where cycles are available on rent. This includes Vishwavidyalaya, Saket, Hauz Khas and Akshardham where each station has 20 cycles, other than Vishvawidyalaya which has 25 bicycles.
There only 85 bicycles to cater to around 25 lakh commuters of Delhi metro, revealed an RTI reply in this regard. Meanwhile, DMRC chief said that the city like Delhi to become smart needs smart public transport system and added that the rail-based transport system is best suited to the national capital.
“We have certain shortcomings as we are constructing metro in already settled congested areas where there is mixed land use and it is very difficult to set up smart transport systems interconnected with each other. At some places, we have parking problem,” said Singh.
He admitted that the rent a bicycle concept which is essential in a smart city failed in Delhi On the occasion, former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the Central government should have chosen some Municipal Corporation areas in west or east Delhi for smart city instead of NDMC and Delhi Cantonment areas which are already smart cities in capital.
“Entire Delhi needs to be made into a smart city as people from across the globe come here including diplomats. ‘Smart City’ means that it should provide good quality but affordable housing, cost-efficient physical, social and institutional infrastructure, such as adequate and quality water supply, public transport, sanitation, 24X7 electric supply, clean air, quality education, costefficient healthcare, dependable security, entertainment, sports, robust and high-speed interconnectivity, fast and efficient urban mobility.” said Dikshit.
She further said that interaction with citizens on the lines of ‘Bhagidari’ system and allowing the citizens to decide what form of smartness they want in their cities can make Delhi smart.
“Blaming bureaucracy or central government cannot be any excuse for non performance. Most of the projects started by the government under my rule had vision and moved towards making Delhi smart with privatisation of power or construction of flyovers. My only regret and embarrassment is delay and non completion of Signature Bridge in Wazirabad,” said the former CM.
“As Delhi has no power generation of its own and two power stations run much below their generating capacity, the national capital has to buy power from outside. The power tariff cannot come down in capital. During my time also Delhi government subsidised power to all till certain units but giving free water and subsidy on power is no long term solution,” stated Dikshit.