Last mile connectivity has become an issue. Anywhere in the city, it is a bug bear. To help solve this, Mahindra and Mahindra has signed an MoU with the Thane Municipal Corporation. This MoU includes scaling up the first and last mile connectivity in Thane. Mahindra will provide its range of electric three wheelers as well as the e-Supro van for this purpose. Both the parties involved will jointly work toward building sustainable transportation for all, supported by the Eco-Cities Program of the International Finance Corporation.
To this effect, Mahindra and Mahindra will be deploying 100 electric vehicles to TMC. The latter in the meanwhile will help provide Mahindra parking space. These parking lots will be in close proximity to the charging stations that Mahindra has identified. Power regulators will be looped in by TMC to ensure that a lower tariff rate is charged to these vehicles. Seamless integration too is being promised.
How will this last mile connectivity solution be rolled out
Mahindra and Mahindra along with TMC will likely roll out an app for the citizens. This will bring e-vehicles of all categories and body sizes to be brought under one window. Citizens can then book these vehicles depending on their convenience. While details are scant at the moment, we believe one can book either a big vehicle like the e-Supro for far-away destinations like Upvan as well as Ghodbunder road. The smaller Treo e-rickshaw in the meanwhile will be plied in areas closer to the railway station.
Through this five year long coalition, we expect the pollution to decrease by a significant level. The e-vehicles emit no pollutants simply because no fossil fuel like petrol or diesel is used. However, the congestion issues will likely rise. Residents of Thane are currently hassled because of the haphazard parking of vehicles near the station. The autorickshaws are to be primarily blamed for this. Mahindra still hasn’t mentioned on how economical the rates will be. Guess, we will have to wait for an official announcement.