Srinagar, Apr 30: KYARI is taking a significant step towards sustainable transportation and socio-economic empowerment through employment generation in the region. As part of a pilot project, KYARI will distribute 10 electric rickshaws (e-rickshaws) to unemployed and underprivileged families in Jammu and Kashmir.
This initiative aligns with India's mission to achieve a zero-carbon footprint by 2070 and supports the rapid adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). E-rickshaws are revolutionizing public transportation with their numerous benefits over conventional autorickshaws. These vehicles contribute to zero air and noise pollution, making them an eco-friendly solution for the future.
In addition, e-rickshaws are cost-effective, with prices nearly half that of their Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) counterparts. The advantages of e-rickshaws extend beyond their affordability. These battery-powered vehicles offer a smoother ride, making them suitable for urban roads and rural terrains alike. They also have a higher passenger capacity than traditional autos, carrying up to 6 people per-trip. E-rickshaws have low operational costs and can be charged at home or at charging stations, providing a convenient and cost-effective solution for drivers.
KYARI's pilot project is a community-centric effort. The organization, under our founder Arhan Bagati's leadership, is focused on making a meaningful impact on the lives of the beneficiaries and the environment. By providing e-rickshaws to those in need, KYARI seeks to empower individuals economically and improve their overall quality of life. Mr. Bagati believes that, "This initiative aims to achieve multiple objectives simultaneously: employment generation, economic empowerment, showcasing the benefits of sustainable transportation, and encouraging others to take up this cause to amplify its overall effect.
" In this noble initiative, KYARI has partnered with the Society for Transformation, Inclusion and Recognition through Sports (STAIRS), a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization which aims to empower the underprivileged youth and children of India.
STAIRS had recently launched its 'One India One Goal’ Program, a multi-year, systematic, and synchronised program for grassroots sports development in the country.
STAIRS aims to create an enabling environment for children to exercise their 'right to play,' helping them grow in a holistic manner and channelizing their energy towards meaningful activities.
Their founder, Siddhartha Upadhyay, said that, "We are excited to distribute the E-Rickshaws today under our ‘Play to Earn’ model which looks at creating employment and self-development opportunities for the youth. We are confident that this small step will touch lives of many others as the beneficiary families will in turn be able to support many others.” Together, KYARI and STAIRS will work hand-in-hand to empower underprivileged communities in Jammu and Kashmir, ensuring a brighter future for their youth.