People demand smart bike stands in colonies

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Aug 2017 10:59:11


 

By Pallavi Singh,

The bike stands are made on main roads to provide people as much connectivity and access as possible. But the residents of colonies located at a fairly good distance from the main road do not have easy access and fail to use the cycle even if they want to

Smart bike stands made as a part of smart city project have been constructed on the main roads of city. 45 smart bike stands have been constructed in various parts of the city with as many as 300 smart bikes, for which around 15,000 registrations have been done by people.

But people of the city are not happy with the fact that these stands have only been made on the main roads of the city and not inside the colonies. People are forced to walk a kilometer and sometimes more to avail the smart bike benefits due to absence of stands inside colonies. Calls are pouring in at Bhopal City Link Limited (BCLL) of people who want the smart bike stands inside the colonies, so that they can use cycles without second thoughts.


Smart bike scheme has proved to be a hit among city people as the registration numbers are rising continuously. But this one thing is proving to be a big turn off for people living inside colonies. The bike stands are made on main roads to provide people as much connectivity and access as possible. But the residents of colonies located at a fairly good distance from the main road do not have easy access and fail to use the cycle even if they want to.


Yateesh Wakankar, a resident of 1100 quarters said, “The smart bike stand is situated near Hanuman Mandir and my house is inside the colony. It is not possible for me to walk such distance everyday for the cycle. And even if I manage doing that, returning back home on foot is a big task after cycling. There are not even parking stands for vehicles, where we can park vehicles and then take the smart bikes. Stands should be made inside colonies, because that is more feasible for us.”


It is to be noted that the smart bikes can be booked through online app and Rs 10 are charged per half an hour. The PBS scheme also has monthly, quarterly and yearly membership of Rs 149, Rs 299 and Rs 999 respectively. Members will get unlimited 30 minutes free every day until their membership expires. Bikes cannot be kept for longer than 4 hours otherwise will be fined Rs 5,000. The bikes are booked maximum between 10 am to 11 am in the morning. As per people the reach should be increased.


Director of BCLL, Kewal Mishra said, “Now that we have received the suggestions from people to make smart bike stands inside colonies we will definitely take this further to the smart city team.”