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Odisha Chief Minister flagged off battery-operated Mo Bus (e-bus) and e-rickshaw in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar:29/7/22: To make Bhubaneswar environment friendly with less carbon emission, CM Shri Naveen Patnaik flagged off 10 e-buses and 50 e-rickshaws. In future, the number of e-buses will increase to 50. Emphasising on gender equality, women will constitute 50% of the guides, appointed by Capital Region Urban Transport.

Focus will also be on employment of women in other operations. While there are 30 seats in each bus, the seats reserved for women have been marked in pink. The zero-emission electric vehicles will promote green mobility while paving the way for a sustainable future.

The buses will initially ply in four routes of Mo Bus service– 9, 11, 12 and 23. All e-buses will be air-conditioned with reserved pink-colored seats for women.

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Fifty percent of the e-bus guides will be women while e-rickshaws will be driven by women and transgenders.

As an inaugural offer, passengers can avail of rides in e-buses free of cost on July 29, 30 and 31.

The initiative will create more than 500 employment opportunities in the coming days, said Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT).

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The ticket price of e-buses will be same as regular AC Mo Bus. On the other, the e-rickshaw service will be available on various routes in Patia, Patrapada, and Pokhariput areas of Bhubaneswar with flat fare of Rs 10.

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