Bhubaneswar: The civic authorities in the capital city here are mulling to distribute the bicycles of ‘Mo Cycle’ public bike sharing (PBS) system among slum children as the initiative could not produce the desired results.
A proposal to distribute the bicycles among either slum children or school students was unanimously accepted at a recent council meeting of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), sources said.
“Most of the bicycles of the Mo Cycle scheme have been lying unutilized at various places in the city here. The Civic authorities are planning to repair the cycles and distribute them among either slum children or school students. The corporators have given their consent to a proposal in this regard,” said a source in the BMC today.
However, the civic authorities are yet to fix any guideline or criteria for distribution of Mo Cycles among the children, it added.
Notably, the Mo Cycle initiative had been launched in the city here in November 2018 as part of the civic authorities’ effort to promote eco-friendly communication among the residents.
The Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) had purchased around 1,800 cycles under the scheme. The authorities had paid Rs 25,000 for each bicycle.
Three private agencies were roped in to manage the PBS system and maintain the cycles.
However, most of the cycles procured under the scheme have been gathering dusts at various places in the city here for last several days.
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