The Association of Lady Entrepreneurs in Hyderabad is launching an initiative that will provide self-sustaining employment to 50 women in the city.
While issues like soaring wage gap and gender-based discrimination at work have remained unresolved across geographies and income levels, this initiative will help those women who have been selected for the programme to have a sustainable livelihood.
Thus, the City of Hyderabad will soon have female entrepreneurs driving electric taxis in the city. These women will own the cars, and drive them themselves from metro stations to various parts of the city to provide last mile connectivity. The plan was to start the initiative with 50 vehicles, which will be brought in from Delhi.
Apart from handling the electric vehicles, the women can also avail the retail space at metro stations to showcase and market specific products made by them. Speaking with Telangana Today, President for Association of Lady Entrepreneurs K Rama Devi said,
"This programme will be line with the Government’s plan to use electric vehicles for last mile connectivity. While, these will be run by women, for women, the focus will be on adhering to safety protocols. Many fear about the charge in the vehicle and the distance that it will be able to cover before plugging it again. Keeping this in mind, we plan to set up charging stations at appropriate distances."
The Association of Lady Entrepreneurs will help facilitate driving classes for these women, and designated charging stations will be installed to charge vehicles. Each vehicle costs between Rs 80,000 and Rs 1 lakh.