Noida:The city’s ambitious electric bike project may not soon see the light of the day.This is because a Bengaluru-based micro mobility platform selected by the Noida Authority to set up more than 60 e-bike docking stations in the city has not been able to submit its plan within the deadline. Consequently, the Authority has initiated the tendering process to select an agency again.
It was in August this year that the Authority began negotiations with Yulu Bikes Private Limited to set up the project.
The agency had to gradually set up 63 docking stations and provide five electric bikes at each of them. Apart from taking user fee, the Authority had also agreed to offer advertising rights to the agency.“The company asked for some time to set up the infrastructure and kick off the project. We extended their deadline. However, we did not get any final proposal or communication after the deadline elapsed,” said a senior Noida Authority officer from the traffic cell.
The Authority is planning to set up 62 stations across the town to cater to the daily commuters and working executives who find it hard to reach their office or working space in the absence of feeder transit service for last-mile connectivity.
The Authority wanted to select two agencies in order to offer competitive rates to the working population and better services. To select the second agency, the Authority floated the bids on October 25.
In the meantime, it has cancelled the work order issued to Yulu Bikes.
“Setting up so many biking stations without users is not feasible. The Authority needs to focus on initiating the service by offering a reasonable moratorium period to an agency before asking for revenues,” said Dharmendra Singh, founder of a private company based out of Sector 61.