Aiming to reduce pollution levels in Raipur, which was declared as one of the 7th most polluted city in India by WHO this year, Chhattisgarh government will soon ban seven years old autorickshaws. These auto will be replaced by electronic rickshaws.
Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand had recently chaired a meeting of a committee formed under Chief Minister Electronic Rickshaw Assistance Scheme and held elaborate discussion regarding early operation of e-rickshaws across the state.
Dhand had also directed officials to chalk out an action plan for operation of e-rickshaws in Raipur and other cities.
Moreover, the Chief Secretary has also directed officials to keep the provision of e-rickshaw subsidy in the scheme in the interest of beneficiaries (auto-drivers).
The scheme will be operated by the labour department, added Dhand.
The Chief Secretary has given specific directives to officials regarding promoting of e-rickshaw operations in towns and cities.
Under Smart City project, the state capital is going to witness operation of e-rickshaws from December this year, say sources.