One of the two bicycle sharing facility to the public in Pune introduced a rate hike by 4 rupees on an hourly basis. PEDL, a subsidiary of Zoomcar is now charging Rs 6 for renting a bicycle for an hour.
Earlier, the service provided its services for Rs 2 from last three months.
Officials with PEDL said the initial rental was an ‘introductory price’ to get residents used to the service and it was always made clear that the fare would be increased in future.
PEDL increased the rental last week.
Nirmal N R, vice president, operations and growth, Zoomcar, said the decision has nothing to do with the ‘vandalism’ or as such.
“It was supposed to be increased. The Re 1 for 30 minutes was an introductory charge. In fact, the rate was discussed with the PMC is Rs 10 for 30 minutes. The decision to keep the current rate or increase will depend on the usage and how people take to it. We will start subscription programmes where people who use it frequently will get some rebate,” Nirmal added.
Programme director at Parisar and a member of the Bicycle Advisory Committee of PMC, Ranjit Gadgil said the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the service providers with PMC does not put any cap on the fare that can be charged by the two firms.
PMC launched the bicycle sharing scheme in December last year, with the help of two private firms- PEDL and OFO. At present, there are over 1500 bicycles deployed at several locations across Pune.