K’taka CM unveils electric bike taxi scheme

Bengaluru, Jul 17 (FN Agency) Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has unveiled the ‘Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi scheme-2021’ aimed at enhancing ease of living and creating self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in urban mobility. The main objective of the scheme is to reduce the travel time and inconvenience faced by the public, travelling from their homes to bus stands, railway and metro services, especially in Bengaluru, the CMO said in a statement on Thursday.

“Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi scheme-2021 will serve as a bridge between public transport and daily travellers. It will also boost the creation of self-employment, eco- friendly environment, fuel conservation, strengthen public transport and encourage establishment of related industries,” Yediyurappa said.

He said this scheme will give an opportunity for individuals, partnership firms and companies to participate. “The vehicles registered under this scheme will be in the transport category for which the government has given several exemptions like permit, tax. Also financial benefits will be given for the electric vehicles manufacturers,” the statement quoted him as saying.