Delhi Metro stations to have e-autos! EPCA seeks framework to run 15,000 e-autos for last-mile connectivity

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Published: October 18, 2019 3:04:14 PM

This move has come after the SC had earlier capped the number of auto-rickshaws in the capital at just one lakh. The court has now asked the panel to examine the issue of EPCA seeking to operate e-autos and to submit a report.

Delhi MetroEarlier, DMRC had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, seeking an approval for the registration of 15,000 e-auto-rickshaws to provide the benefit of last-mile connectivity

Delhi Metro last-mile connectivity likely to get a big boost! The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) recently announced that it will submit a report before the Supreme Court, seeking an approval on behalf of the DMRC, for plying as many as 15,000 e-autos from Delhi Metro stations. According to a recent HT report, this move has come after the Supreme Court had earlier capped the number of auto-rickshaws in the capital at just one lakh. The court has now asked the panel to examine the issue of EPCA seeking to operate e-autos and to submit a report.

According to the report, earlier, DMRC had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, seeking an approval for the registration of 15,000 e-auto-rickshaws to provide the benefit of last-mile connectivity from its 184 Delhi metro stations across the city, as the existing e-rickshaws can only operate on a few selected routes.

During a recent official meeting with stakeholders, including the DMRC, the transport department and the Union Ministry of road transport and highways, the apex court-appointed committee had asked them to provide a regulatory framework in order to operate e-autos, the management of its charging points and fares, as well as to submit a plan for the battery disposal.

According to the report, a member of the EPCA was quoted saying that while e-autos could be a suitable step for providing last-mile connectivity from the Delhi Metro stations, there must be a regulatory framework for those vehicles to operate in the city. There must also be a proper mechanism for the disposal of batteries so that the e-auto drivers do not end up with any domestic waste, further becoming a threat to cause an environmental hazard.

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EPCA also emphasized that DMRC must provide guidelines on the monitoring of these vehicles and to set up a central control room for the same. Parking of the vehicles must also be decided through a planned process. According to DMRC officials who attended the official meeting, the e-autos will be introduced in a phased manner and will have sophisticated lithium ion batteries installed in them, unlike the lead acid batteries used in the e-rickshaws. It was also discussed in the meeting that the e-autos will be operated through concessionaires as well as GPS-based monitoring to ensure that they operate only in the designated areas. Charging facilities at depots as well as at stations will also be provided.

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