Saturday, October 16, 2010

Eco Cabs hit Amritsar roads

The response:The district administration has received more than 50 applications for the newly launched Eco Cabs. Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu said the environment-friendly rickshaws would soon render the traditional rickshaws outdated.

The design: Designed by IIT engineers, an Eco Cabs weighs 35 kilograms, much less than the conventional rickshaw, and comes equipped with a fire extinguisher, first aid box and seat belt. It has specially designed twin floors — designed to facilitate the elderly and the physically challenged.

Heritege look: A typical dome and arch on the back of the rickshaws add to the heritage look of the city. Each unit costs Rs 9,000 and banks have shown interest in providing loans on easy installments. "The cabs have an advertisement panel to help the puller earn some extra money," said Pannu.

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