Plan to launch bicycle sharing project: Ganta
Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao formally inaugurated Royal Brothers, a bike rental company, in the city on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said a similar experiment with bicycles had turned out to be a huge success in Mysuru.
“I went to Mysuru and studied the project. We (AP Government) have decided to replicate the bicycle rental project in GVMC limits. Bicycles would be made available at various places in the city. The Chief Minister has also agreed to the proposal,” he said.
Mr. Srinivasa Rao said apart from low cost of transportation, cycling would promote fitness and would not add to the pollution on the city roads. He said that bike rentals was popular abroad and was picking up in India.
Royal Brothers CEO Manjunath TN claimed that the company, headquartered in Bengaluru, was the largest bike rental company in South India. The plan was to become the single largest player in the country by 2017-end. He said self-ride bike rentals were ideal for tourists and travellers, who want to explore the beauty of the city at their own pace.
He said the company would be promoting tourism and efforts would be made to put AP on every traveller and riders roadmap. The company was currently operating at over half-a-dozen places in Karnataka, a few places in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat, West Bengal, Assam, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands besides Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.