Lt. Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal on Friday flagged off a fleet of 100 e-rickshaws, called SmartE, from Dwarka Sec-10 Metro station to boost the last mile connectivity service in Dwarka sub-city for Metro commuters.
These E-rickshaws will be plying from 8 Metro stations of Dwarka sub-city namely, Dwarka, Dwarka Sec-14, Sec-13, Sec-12, Sec-11, Sec-10, Sec-9 and Sec-8 from 6 AM to 11 PM.
This is for the first time that the e-rickshaw facility has been rolled out for Metro stations in Delhi region covering Dwarka sub-city.
Initially, 100 SmartE e-rickshaws are being introduced into service which will gradually be increased to 200 in coming weeks.
A Charging Station for 100 electric vehicles has also been set up by SmartE to ensure seamless service through the day.
These GPS enabled SmartEs are specially designed having covered cabin and full front windscreen to provide the last mile connectivity within an area of 3-4 KM around Metro stations.
The fares have been kept very nominal at a base price of Rs. 10 for the first 2 KM and Rs.5/- for every subsequent KM.
The commuters can also book vehicles through the SmartE app and pay digitally for their rides. On successful implementation of the E-Rickshaw services in Delhi now, DMRC will look to replicate services on similar format in other areas of Delhi/NCR.
Delhi Metro is also working with SmartE to enable usage of Metro Smart Cards for fare payment in these electric vehicles.
On this occasion, LG said “DMRC has not only contributed excellence in transportation, but it also stands out for its environment friendly initiatives. This eco-friendly initiative of introducing E-rickshaws at the Metro stations will enable the commuters to prefer non-polluting public transport modes over personal vehicles.”
As on date, about 500 SmartEs are already providing last mile connectivity service from Metro stations in Gurugram (HUDA City Centre, M G Road & Sikanderpur) and Faridabad (Escorts Mujesar, Neelam Chowk Ajronda& Bata Chowk)and is being used by more than 50,000 passengers daily.
DMRC has partnered with M/s Treasure Vase Ventures Pvt. Ltd. to operate the e-rickshaw services, under their brand name SmartE, at all the above stations as well as Dwarka sub-city.
The commuters can also avail all the relevant information regarding this facility on the Helpline number +918010400600 managed by SmartE or visit www.getsmarte.in.