The much-awaited Public Bicycle Sharing System (PBSS) is all set to begin in Mysuru from November 15. The scheme was planned by the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), funded by the World Bank, under its Global Environment Facility grant. The scheme is estimated to have cost around Rs 20 crore, and the phase-1 of the project, which is ready to be inaugurated, is done at a cost of Rs 7.7 crore, and the remaining fund will be utilised to develop and maintain the scheme for the coming six years.
The initiative was planned as the city has been awarded as the cleanest city in the country for the second consecutive time. To maintain the cleanliness and encourage bicycle riding which makes the city pollution-free, the MCC had planned the project under the name ‘Trin trin’.
The PBSS scheme allows the riders to have the bicycle for a period of a week or a fortnight by getting membership. On hourly basis, the members will be charged Rs 5 per hour and non-members will be charged Rs 10 per hour. Around 52 docking centres are being set up for the scheme and before November 15, the project will be ready for the operation.
Mysuru roads should have seen roaming bicycles prior to the Mysuru Dasara, if it had been done as planned. The Cauvery row and other activities in the city delayed the setting up of the docking stations in the city. Though the responsibility and the ownership of the project will be under the MCC, a Mysuru-based eco friendly bicycle manufacturer, Green Wheel Ride will look after the maintenance of the scheme.
Speaking to City Today, J Jagadeesha, Commissioner of MCC, said: “The docking stations are being set up. The project was planned in order to spread awareness among the public to use bicycles, which does not pollute the environment. The ‘Trin trin’ project is all set to begin and the trial run will be inaugurated on November 15.”
“Already 200 cycles have been received and the docking stations are set up. Deputy Commissioner D Randeep will inaugurate the trial run, which will go on for a month from November 15. The MCC is undertaking several developmental works in some areas of the city. Footpaths are being constructed in some areas of Mysuru. The first phase of the project can’t be implemented there, but will be extended to the entire city as soon as possible,” said Nodal officer of MCC, Javaregowda.
The scheme also offers multi-speed cycles, electric motor equipped cycles for the steep roads of Chamundi Hills. Better late than never! Let us welcome the eco-friendly scheme with both the hands.
–Shreeharsha C M