Amaravati: As part of efforts to build Amaravati as a smart city, the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) has planned to use electric rickshaws in solid waste management in the capital villages.
Instead of regular vehicles, these rickshaws with zero pollution will collect solid waste from various places and dump the waste at landfills. Currently, four rickshaws, each costing Rs 1.22 lakh, have been deployed in Thulluru (1), Mandadam (2) and Venkatapalem (1).
“The pilot project has been successful and locals are also happy with less pollution. We will soon bring in another 15 vehicles to be utilized in all the 29 villages” officials said.
Each vehicle has the capacity of carrying one tonne of waste, and runs on a motor power of 1,000 watts and a battery capacity of 120 AH, and a voltage of 48v. They run at a speed of 20 kph. The vehicles have to be charged for six to seven hours a day. The vehicles can run for a total distance of 70 km on a single charge.
“At present, there is no waste-to-energy generation scope in Amaravati. Once the units set up these vehicles, waste will be taken to a centralized landfill and dumped there. As the city grows, the number of vehicles also will be expanded depending on the requirement,” officials said.
As part of the electric vehicles policy, CRDA will soon introduce a pilot project of electric buses between Amaravati villages and Vijayawada. “The bigger idea for Amaravati is to have electric public transportation and BRTS system of roads, and initially we will test the run and then slowly introduce it on a larger scale,” officials said.