Bhopal: The public bike sharing (PBS) project, which was disliked by many bureaucrats who claimed that it would fail in a city like Bhopal, on Sunday, got endorsement from two heavyweights chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and MP Alok Sanjar. The duo, who was present during the second anniversary celebrations of Bhopal smart city in which the PBS project along with a few others were launched, said that they will try cycling from Monday onwards.
Chouhan, while addressing the gathering, said, "I have told mayor Alok Sharma that we will try out the cycles on the new track soon. Cycling is not only good for health, but it also helps reduce pollution."
The CM also said that it is high time people think on how to reduce pollution. "Well-to-do families have multiple vehicles, one each for a member. Since they are responsible for raising the pollution levels, they must pay for it," he said. Sanjar said that from Monday, he will cycle from his home to office. Meanwhile, the mayor, on Sunday, clarified that he was not against the PBS project. Notably, he had earlier said that he will not inaugurate the project that is plagued by technical lacunae.
Bhopal smart city's 2nd
How to get cycles?
Around 500 cycles will be available from 50 stations across the city.
Those interested in renting the cycles can do so by registering themselves at
4 Other projects inaugurated
The smart parking project was inaugurated on Sunday but the company Mindteck may take another 45-60 days to complete the remaining formalities for installing technological interventions in parking lots. Smart parking will come up at 60 locations across the city.
1. Smart parking
First phase of the geographical information system has been completed in which around 100 layers of mutually exclusive information about different utilities has been integrated on a base satellite imagery of the city. The second phase has started, in which details about revenue parcels and properties will be added to the base map.
While 15 smart poles have been already installed, the remaining 385 are to come up in the days to come. These smart poles will be equipped with Wi-Fi service, environmental sensors, surveillance cameras, LED lights along with a host of other features. The consortium, which is carrying out the work, is also going to lay an optical fibre network for the city.
3. Smart pole
The chief minister inaugurated the automatic fare collection system implemented along the bus rapid transit system corridor. The project will facilitate commuters as well as end leakage of revenue for bus operators.
4. Automatic fare
Is annual rental while one has to pay Rs 149 per month for a cycle