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PTI / The Hindu /KOLKATA, July 23, 2011.
Hand-pulled rickshaws will soon be replaced with electric rickshaws in Kolkata. File photo - PTI.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Saturday said it would introduce electric rickshaws in the city.
“We will initially launch 50 electric rickshaws on trial basis that can be powered by storage batteries,” CSIR DG Samir K. Brahmachari said here.
These battery powered rickshaws have been running successfully in north India and now the CSIR wants to introduce them in West Bengal.
“We are planning to launch them on October 2 as seed project before a business model is rolled out. I also had a word with the Finance Minister Amit Mitra to look into how the state can help creating a model,” Mr. Brahmachari said.
Meanwhile, he said the proposed innovation complex project of the CSIR in Baruipur was expected to commence soon.
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