Express News Service
BENGALURU: The Bengaluru Postal Department’s proposal to use the eco-friendly Yulu e-bikes to deliver letters and parcels across the city has fallen through. The move, launched at the JP Nagar sub-post office on a pilot basis, on October 14 last year would be extended across Bengaluru if it proved to be financially viable.
A senior postal official said: “We have worked out the cost in detail. The amount involved in using the Yulu car a month for a shipper worked out to be around Rs 5,500 compared to around Rs 1,500 made as fuel costs on a regular two-wheeler. “It’s not financially viable for us.”
Unlike in the case of other Yulu users who may need it for a few hours, our delivery staff may need it six to eight hours a day. “This along with the cost incurred for recharging batteries makes it expensive for us,” he added. Mail delivery staff are given Rs 1,500 as a monthly fee for transportation, while Grameen Dak Sevaks is given Rs 1,063 for the same.
Launched six months ago with 15 postal workers in the Bengaluru postal region, it became the first in India to use e-cars for deliveries. Asked about it, a Yulu spokesman said: “We are still keen to advance our partnership.”