Ggn residents want more eco-friendly e-rickshaws
Gurugram: The Millennium City is replete with various modes of public transportation, including Delhi Metro connectivity, a Rapid Metro line, city autos as well as local bus services.
However, most of these modes are operational in limited areas, thus proving inadequate for most citizens and working professionals in Gurugram.
Poor public transportation is one of the factors which has led to rise in Gurugram's pollution levels.
To tackle this issue, more than 500 e-rickshaws were introduced to serve as a viable alternative to diesel-fuelled autos. Yet, months after their introduction in large numbers, e-rickshaw are unable to meet the city's high transportation demand.
Running on electric batteries, e-rickshaws mostly ply in areas around Sikanderpur, Cyber Greens and parts of Old Gurugram.
However, many professionals and residents demand that e-rickshaw must be extended to at least the industrial areas.
Lakhs of workers are employed in industrial units located in areas like Udyog Vihar, Sector-37 and Manesar. Most of these workers still rely on diesel autos for transportation.
"Poor transportation in Gurugram is a well-known fact. Today, in Udyog Vihar-6 and Manesar, workers are only reliant on diesel-run autos that are severely pollute the environment," said Praveen Singla, a city resident.
For long there have been demands for phasing out diesel-run autos and private local buses in the city. However, the poor public transportation system has resulted in these forms of transport still going strong.
There are more than 20,000 diesel autos shuttling in Gurugram and the emissions caused by them is one of the main reasons for the city entering the dubious list of most polluted cities in the world.
The absence of an effective and widespread mode of public transportation has meant that numerous commuters still depend on cheaper but less eco-friendly alternatives for their daily travels.