Two and a half years after the launch of the shared bike project in Panchkula, the district is now ready to introduce 100 e-bikes, in addition to adding another 100 e-bikes for its residents. The Panchkula Municipal Corporation has already issued three-year tenders for the operation of e-bikes and e-bikes. which officials say will be handed over to a private company. Tenders will remain open until noon on April 6, officials said.
The Panchkula bike-sharing project – the first of its kind in Tricity – was set up at a cost of Rs 2.09 crores and inaugurated by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in August 2019. It was a major success since. Residents of Trans-Ghaggar sectors have also demanded the implementation of a similar project in their areas.
The move to introduce e-bikes and e-bikes, city officials said, was aimed at providing Panchkula residents with low-cost and environmentally friendly mobility options. City dwellers will be able to pick up shared bikes and e-bikes from semi-automated stations and will have the option of dropping them off at a station near them once they have finished using the bikes. “The move, apart from being environmentally friendly, will also help residents stay healthy,” Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal said, further adding, “The automated stations will be built near bus stops, important commercial, cultural, educational, administrative, residential and touristic places.”