After successful trials, e-rickshaws to soon be procured in Matheran


After a successful trial, the Matheran Municipal Council will now procure similar e-rickshaws to be run inside the town.

Trials of the much-discussed electric rickshaw were finally held on the hills and roads of Matheran. In the trials, a three-seater with passengers onboard, was able to climb the steep inclines and curves at a good speed. The purpose of this was to find any technical issues while the vehicle climbed the steep inclines and gradients of the road between Neral and Matheran.

The e-auto ran at a good speed and prima facie there were no issues, official stated.

The Maharashtra government’s Urban Development Department had flagged the trials on June 3.

For those unversed, the Supreme Court had last month permitted Maharashtra to introduce the eco-friendly e-rickshaws in the Matheran eco-sensitive zone on an experimental basis, to check their feasibility to replace the hand-pulled rickshaws plying in the area.

A retired school teacher and resident of Matheran, who had moved the court seeking that e-rickshaws be allowed to ply in Matheran.

As the hill station does not allow cars since the British era to ply within Matheran, people have to either walk or use one of the 460 horses or 94 hand-pulled rickshaws available for transportation.

Matheran is a popular tourist destination in Maharashtra. As it is near to Mumbai and Pune, many tourists visit their for leisure.

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