Kolkata: Mobile app-based hired bicycles service will be launched on Christmas Day (December 25) by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) in collaboration with a private organization at New town.
This is the first time in Bengal that a State Government organisation will be running such a service. Environmentalists have welcomes this decision to introduce a green transport service.
Bicycle stands will be set up at 10 important spots in New Town, like Rabindra Tirtha, Akansha More, Narkelbagan More, Eco Park and others. Each bicycle will have a number. On the app, the hirer has to key in the starting point and the destination. The charge also has to be paid through the app, which is Rs 10 per kilometre.
As soon as a bicycle is booked, a message will come on the person’s mobile phone containing the number of the bicycle. After the vehicle is parked at the destination stand, it will automatically lock. The bicycles have to be drives on the specified bicycle lanes in New Town. Helmets have to be worn for safety, which would be provided to the riders.
Initially, 150 bicycles will be launched. The number will be increased in stages, depending on the demand. Two routes would be available initially – from gate number 1 to gate number 4 of Eco Park and from Technopolis Building to Nazrul Tirtha.