Jyoti Kumari Tarvi is a tribal woman who is 35 years old. She is only able to read and write her name, as well as converse in broken Hindi. Aatmnirbhar Mahila is what she refers to herself as. There is a good reason for this. She is the operator of an e-autorickshaw.
“Mai e-rickshaw aur ghar dono chalati hai,” she exclaims with satisfaction. Sixty women drive e-rickshaws in and around Kevadia, near the country’s first green energy-certified railway station, Ekatanagar, and other nearby locations. This station is for people who want to go to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Statue of Unity, located nearby.
Pratima Kumari, a 25-year-old tribal girl from Kevadia village, is one of the 60 women who work as e-rickshaw drivers in the area.
“Before the year 2021, indigenous women were subjected to indignities. However, a new beginning has been established. We make between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,400 every day. We take home between Rs 700 and Rs 1,100 after paying the daily rental fee for the vehicle.”
According to Rahul Patel, these ladies from adjacent villages, a spokeswoman for the management of the Statue of Unity, are earning money by driving e-rickshaws after receiving government training at the Ekatanagar skill development centre.
It has been decided to provide official driving training to over 260 tribal women from extremely impoverished backgrounds. It is their responsibility to drive the vehicle and also provide information on the various destinations that may be visited after visiting the statue.”
So far, their services have drawn the attention of many social media users.
According to Patel’s estimates, approximately 75 lakh tourists, including many foreigners, have visited the monument since October 31, 2018.
And the majority of them seemed to like their ride in these e-rickshaws, which tribal women drove.