As the Delhi government grapples with ways and means to curb pollution in the Capital, entrepreneurs are entering the fray, launching eco-friendly commuting options.
Smart-E or Smart Electric Transport System, an e-rickshaw solution that hopes to solve the last-mile connectivity issues of Delhi Metro users, is one.
Piloted in West Delhi’s Paschim Vihar neighbourhood, the Smart-E vehicles, which can seat four people, run on a ride-share model and provide feeder services to passengers travelling to and from Metro stations.
When Delhi Metro did a survey to find out how people arrived at stations, it found that barely 1.5 per cent of its 3 million daily users came on vehicles and parked them at stations. “While the metro covers a vast distance, first- and last-mile connectivity to the stations remains a problem,” says Manjul Kumar, General Manager, Operations, Smart-E. That prompted a bunch of MNC executives to band together and launch Smart-E.