India Procurement News Notice - 6329

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PNN 6329
Work Detail The Coimbatore Corporation is on track to get Tamil Nadu's first public cycle-sharing system. A resolution to this effect was recently passed by the corporation council and officials have planned it as a part of the smart city initiative.
This system, in its first phase, will cover an area of 20sqkm -- including Saibaba Colony, Tatabad, Ram Nagar, PN Palayam, Coimbatore Junction, Race Course, Ukkadam, RS Puram, Puliakulam, Town Hall and Gopalapuram. The project will include more than 140 cycle stations and 1,600 cycles on rent.
If what officials say is to go by, then the system will be in place by the end of 2017.
Aswathy Dilip, manager of advocacy at the Institute of Transportation and Development Project (ITDP), said, "Though a similar system is in place in several cities in the country, this would be the first time that it is been implemented at such a large scale. Its implementation is more plausible in Coimbatore, which has a larger area at offer," she said.
Corporation officials said that they met with urban planners and other NGOs to study case studies.
The project will be implemented in a year's time on private public partnership. In a few months' time, the corporation would call for expression of interest. "There are several clearances that are awaited. Once we get them, we will implement the system," said a senior corporation official.
As per ITDP, these cycles would be theft proof as each cycle would be fitted with a radio frequency identification device to track the cycles. "All cycles will be specially designed so that its parts cannot be easily dismantled and even if they are, they cannot be used as spares for other cycles," said Aswathy.
She added that a control centre would also be set up which would monitor the movement of the cycles and ensure there are cycles for everyone.
The civic body has decided on two types of stations - small and large. In residential areas, the station would be smaller with less number of cycles and in places such as railway stations and shopping complexes, more cycles would be available.
For the revenue model, the civic body has come up with smart cards. "Each smart card will have to be registered and bought after paying a registration amount. These smart cards will help unlock the cycles at the stations. Also, the cycles will have advertisements on their mud guards and at the stations to earn more revenue to cover the operational cost," said an official.
The initial 30 minutes will be for free and the riders will have to pay for the rest. Even tourists or one-time visitors can use these facilities by getting a card for a day.
Country India , Southern Asia
Industry Transportation
Entry Date 15 Oct 2016

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