Battery-operated cars to start again at Rly Station

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2017 07:32:57


By Sagar Mohod

Battery-operated cars would soon stage a comeback at Nagpur Railway Station of Central Railway. Division officials have called entrepreneurs to introduce the service on commercial basis to facilitate transporting elderly, disable and needy passengers through and fro to trains and to lobby on Western side of station. The service which was a great hit at station got discontinued as the NGO pulled out citing inability to operate owing to rising costs.

The stoppage of battery cars led to outcry among passengers as in absence they had to tread long distance hauling their heavy luggage leading to difficulties. The NGO pulled out after the sponsors, Airtel, the telecom major, stopped the funding, leaving the former with no option that to discontinue. The expenses for running the carts includes salaries to operators, regular maintenance etc. were proving to much for the NGO to bear and hence they withdrew from the scene.Post stoppage of battery car services, division referred the matter to Central Railway Headquarters at Mumbai, which then framed new set of rules and permitted introduction of commercial services using golf carts.

After going through the rules officials of Commercial Branch drafted the tender through which applications are called from interested parties to run the battery operated cars. Confirming the development, PRO P D Patil said the entity or person who offers lowest rate for operating the golf carts would be given permission to run the service.

The division has decided to allow only two battery operated cars to be deployed only on Western side of the railway station. Since the ramp is not available on Eastern side or Santra Market side the golf carts can run through Western side as was happening when the service was running. Patil further added that as per their calculation, two cars would be more than sufficient to cater to needs of passengers at Nagpur station. Additional cars though possible but would led to issues relating to crowding on platforms and also where would they be parked, giving the shortage of space.