Kolkata: The Council for Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR) on Saturday said it would introduce
electric rickshaws in the city.
"We will initially launch 50 electric rickshaws on
trial basis that can be powered by storage batteries," CSIR DG
Samir K Brahmachari said here.
These battery powered rickshaws have been running
successfully in north India and now the CSIR wants to
introduce them in West Bengal.
"We are planning to launch them on October 2 as seed
project before a business model is rolled out. I also had a
word with the Finance Minister Amit Mitra to look into how the
state can help creating a model," Brahmachari said.
Meanwhile, he said the proposed innovation complex
project of the CSIR in Baruipur was expected to commence soon.
The complex will act as a hub for technology and
connect with clusters to promote technology companies.
Brahmachari, who has been entrusted to promote the
regional state level innovation council in West Bengal, said
the process had already begun and in near future a regional
innovation council will be formed under the National
Innovation Council to promote local innovations.