Chennai Metro To Launch Electric Bike Service, Charging Points At Metro StationsA Chennai Metro train leaves the Alandur station near the Kathipara cloverleaf interchange (Jaison G/India Today Group/Getty Images)

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is looking at setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging points at four of its stations – St Thomas Mount, Koyambedu, Alandur and Thirumangalam – and also offer electric bike (e-bike rentals) outside the stations, reports The New Indian Express. The e-bike system is a keyless one that works using a mobile app and a one-time password (OTP), similar to the ones in Bengaluru.

The move to offer charging points and e-bikes comes in the wake of the Centre’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP). CMRL will partner with the Power Grid Corporation of India to provide the charging points.

CMRL is the second such government agency to offer charging points at transit stations after the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking announced plans to offer charging points at its bus depots across Mumbai in April this year. Swarajya had suggested charging points at transit hubs and parking lots as a possible way to promote EV usage.

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