Dozen Mo Cycles go missing in Bhubaneswar

The scheme had been launched on November 26 to boost public transport during the Men’s Hockey World Cup,

By Lelin Mallick in Bhubaneswar
  • Published 8.12.18, 1:48 AM
  • Updated 8.12.18, 1:48 AM
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Users check out bicycles at Sishu Bhavan Square in Bhubaneswar. Ashwinee Pati

Around a dozen bikes of the Mo Cycle scheme has gone missing within barely 10 days of chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurating the project with great fanfare.

To boost public transport network during the Men’s Hockey World Cup, Naveen had launched the scheme on November 26.

Though officials of the Capital Region Urban Transport (Crut), which is coordinating the service, remained tight-lipped about the incident, employees of private parties providing cycles for the scheme apprehended the missing vehicles to have been stolen.

“We have been trying to trace the missing cycles for around four days. Besides, some users have taken away seats of cycles and several locks of cycles have been tampered with,” said an employee of a private contractor.

While Hexi Bikes, of the Hero Cycles group, has supplied 1,000 cycles for the project, Yaana and Yulu have provided 500 each.

Though any complaint is yet to be lodged with police, mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said that they would take up the issue with the private parties.

The bicycles are equipped with technologies such as the GPS tracking system, cashless transactions through mobile app and smart locks. The cycles have also special features such as adjustable seats and utility baskets.

Apart from tourists, the cycle service has also been very helpful for youths, especially students, in the city. “This is a convenient and cheap mode of transport.

It also helps for workout. Users should not tamper with the cycles,” said student Santosh Das.

Encroachment on the dedicated cycle tracks has also emerged as a major hurdle for the cycle users.

Vendors and vehicles have encroached on most of the tracks.

A worried police have also urged the citizens not to encroach on the tracks.

“We have also asked the traffic wing to crackdown on violators,” said deputy commissioner of police Anup Kumar Sahoo.