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Trin Trin expansion plans remain on paper

Trin Trin completes one year on Monday.M.A. SRIRAM  

Despite a favourable response from the people of Mysuru to the country’s first-ever public bicycle sharing (PBS) system, Trin Trin, launched a year ago on June 4, the proposal for expansion by setting up more stations and expanding the fleet has remained on paper.

The number of people evincing interest in the PBS has increased steadily during the last one year, according to data available with the authorities.

While the number of people registering with Trin Trin as members is approaching the 10,000 mark, the number of rides per day too has gone up to 800 to 1,000 with a large number of students and health-conscious residents borrowing bicycles from the 48 docking station set up across the city.

Trin Trin is a State government project, partially funded by the World Bank under the Global Environment Facility grant, and implemented jointly by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) and Mysuru City Corporation (MCC). Green Wheel Ride, a Mysuru-based enterprise engaged in manufacturing bicycles, has been roped in as a third-party vendor to operate the PBS.

In the months after Trin Trin was launched by the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the authorities, buoyed by the good response, announced that they had identified 13 more locations, primarily in areas of the city that were not served by Trin Trin bicycles, to set up additional docking stations.

The authorities said they were under pressure from the public as well as people’s representatives in areas that did not have docking stations to extend the facility in their localities as well. Plans were afoot to add a few hundred more bicycles to the existing fleet of 450 bicycles.

With a view to promoting use of bicycles, the MCC came up with a proposal to create cycle lanes on a few broad roads of the city by painting a white-coloured line on the road, earmarking about four feet of space for the bicycle lane. However, none of the promises made in the direction has seen the light of the day.

According to an official source, most of the officers, who were looking after the implementation of Trin Trin, were transferred before the recently held Assembly elections. The then Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep, who played a proactive role in the implementation of the project, as well as MCC Assistant Commissioner Javare Gowda, who was the corporation’s nodal officer for the project, are among the transferred officials.

The new officials are either not entrusted with the responsibilities of the PBS or are not familiar with the project and its proposals, said the official.

A source in DULT in Bengaluru said the proposal to expand the facility has not progressed for the last few months as they had not heard from the MCC.