Hyderabad Metro | After electric cars, HMRL eyeing to set up e-bikes

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Bike at Miyapur station of Hyderabad Metro

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) is taking sustainable travel on an aggressive mode. After setting up electric car base at metro stations, the metro officials are all set to offer electric bike. This is an added advantage for passengers who will travel using metro.

As per the details, riders will be able to rent the e-bike, take it home and return it back the next day while travelling in metro.  HMRL will offer e-bikes at affordable rates to passengers. The service was formally inaugurated and the facility is available from at various stations.

The rent for the e-bike is fixed at Rs 4 per kilometre and passengers can keep the vehicle with them overnight. They can then return the bike at any of the metro station the other day.

To avail the service, passengers will have to download the Metro Bikes app. The commuter will have to furnish their identification proof and driving licence for authentication.

Presently, metro bikes are using conventional bikes at various stations. these includes Parade Grounds, Rasoolpura, Miyapur, Begumpet, Secunderabad and Nagole. This service was introduced in May at the Miyapur metro station and began very popular among commuters.

HMRL owns the unique distinction of being the foremost metro body to offer electric cars for the riders; with the service operating along the similar lines as that of the e-bikes. As reported earlier that the charging stations for the electric vehicles are being installed by Powergrid.

Interacting with media during the inaugural event of e-bikes facility at Ameerpet Metro Interchange, NVs Reddy, HMRL managing direction shared that commuters will on pay for the distance they have travelled.

Reddy also stated that the thought behind introducing e-bikes is to promote sustainable travel in order to protect environment. He also said that all conventional metro bikes will be replaced by e-bikes soon.

Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) is also concentrating on offering several facilities to commuters to encourage them to take metro. Commuters are given shopping, dining and travel experiences at most Hyderabad metro stations. In couple of months HMRL will be starting art galleries at all metro stations in the city.

Reddy on giving an overview of footfalls at the metro stations added that they have stabilised at 85,000 people per day along the 32-kilometre Miyapur-Nagole stretch that was inaugurated in November 2017

Talking about future estimate once the two sections are made operational, Reddy said that the ridership would reach around 5 Lakh commuters a day. Within few years this number will go up to 15 Lakh passengers per day.

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