Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology launched an environment-friendly postal delivery vehicle ‘Postal Soleckshaw’, manufactured by Kinetic Group of Pune. He delivered the first 5 vehicles to post office at Ajmer. Upon testing of these vehicles at Ajmer, these are expected to be rolled out nationally and are expected to revolutionize postal delivery in India.
Soleckshaw is a solar-power assisted, pedal-operated cycle rickshaw originally conceptualized by CSIR, India’s eminent science and research institution. Recently, M/s Kinetic Motors in association with CMERI (CSIR) has re-designed and developed a modified version of Soleckshaw specifically suitable as a light delivery vehicle, for delivery of post, parcels and other postal services both in urban and rural areas.
After initial development of the concept by Kinetic, Pilot has introduced the vehicle on a Pilot basis at Ajmer. Pilot mentioned that the Ministry would evaluate the performance of the vehicle in the pilot phase and will explore the possibility of its expansion on larger scale.
The Minister said that it is the endeavor of the Ministry to use green technology for delivering services in efficient and eco-friendly manner. He said that this effort is a step forward towards the Government’s efforts to modernise and digitize the India Post Services under Project Arrow. Availability of this vehicle will add to the efficiency of postal agents and will also give them a sense of pride.
Some of the features of the vehicle are as follows: Soleckshaw has potential for use as a light delivery vehicle for distribution of ‘Dak’ as well as larger packages etc; Emergence of electronic means of communication is changing the profile of post offices and postmen. A Postman is likely to carry more parcels for delivery than ordinary mails. A survey in Pune found that each postman covers an area of around 40-45 km and carries an average weight of 35-40 kg per day. The Soleckshaw is the ideal vehicle to enable transportation of larger parcels with a minimum of effort.
Postal Solekshaw will improve speed and efficiency of postal delivery, increase ability to carry more load; distribute other value-added products in rural areas. It’s large scale deployment is also expected to result in huge savings on manpower and operating cost.
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