Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco), the British deputy high commission and British performance electric bicycle maker GoZero Mobility felicitated Covid warriors with e-bikes at a ceremony organized at Eco Park on Tuesday. Hidco is slated to introduce 400 battery-run e-bikes in New Town by the end of this month.
Three frontline Covid workers — a NKDA blood collection assistant, a senior official of a private hospital and a Hidco official involved with the welfare and sanitation in Eco Park — were felicitated with e-bikes. The e-bikes will help the Covid warriors to commute faster with zero emission.
Hidco and NKDA chairman Debashis Sen, British deputy high commissioner in Kolkata Nick Low and GoZero Mobility founder and CEO Ankit Kumar were present on the occasion.
Hidco has already set up 17km of cycle tracks in New Town and 400 e-bikes are to be introduced in the township by the end of February, said Sen. At present, 100 app-based public bicycles have already been introduced in New Town and the authorities are supporting cycles as a mode of transportation in the township. Mobile help desks for repairing cycles have also been set up.
“E-cycles are the greener solution for New Town residents for last-mile connectivity,” said Samaresh Das, chairperson of New Town Forum and News (NTFN), an NGO.