Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday launched the electric Victoria carriages at Varsha, his official residence.
The city’s iconic Victoria horse carriages are going to make a comeback on the city’s streets but without the horses. The state’s transport department had recently cleared a proposal to allow electric Victoria carriages to run around the Gateway of India where traditional Victoria horse carriages ran for close to a century.
Ubo Ridez is the company that will operate these Victoria carriages. The battery operated carriages run a maximum speed of less than 20 km per hour. They look just like the original Victoria carriages but there are no horses.
They are environmentally friendly and take you back to the city’s old heritage.
Initially 12 carriages, that can seat 6 persons and will run in routes near the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, and Nariman Point where horse driven carriages were popular.
“We have given keys of the e-carriages to the riders of the old carriages who had lost their livelihood when the horse carriages were shut down. The exact rates are yet to be fixed,” the spokesperson said.
The carriages weigh almost 650 Kg and are equipped with environment friendly lithium ion batteries that gives a clean 60 to 70 Km ride on a single charge.
This is an Agency News Feed; edited by Clean-Future Team