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OVER 1,000 battery-powered hackney carriages and tuk tuks will soon be plying for hire on the streets of Bengaluru.

The initiative – named ‘rydS’ – is a joint collaboration between the Baghirathi Group and the Mahindra Group which will oversee the electric taxis launched in phases over the next few months.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah said:

The campaign aims to engage citizens through awareness programmes to increase the number of electric vehicles across Karnataka. This is an attempt to reduce pollution along the lines of the state government’s ‘Electric Vehicle & Energy Storage Policy’.

Baghirathi Travels is also a key investor in the project and aims to promote the service in local metro stations between 2pm and 5pm.

Company founder and chairman Mahesh Hariharan said: “This new e-taxi service marks the next stage of evolution in our organisation. It is our vision to create shared, connected and sustainable mobility solutions. We intend to work closely with customers and policy makers to implement the government’s electric vehicle policy and their action plan to develop the infrastructure for manufacturers to support a fleet of electric vehicles all across the country.”

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