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Delhi: Rickshaws may soon be history

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Nov 2, 2017, 4:46 am IST
Updated : Nov 2, 2017, 4:46 am IST

Panel recommends replacing all cycle-rickshaws with e-rickshaws.

Noting the problems, like parking and traffic issues, caused due to over one lakh unregistered e-rickshaws, the committee has recommended limiting their numbers.
 Noting the problems, like parking and traffic issues, caused due to over one lakh unregistered e-rickshaws, the committee has recommended limiting their numbers.

New Delhi: The national capital could be moving towards phasing out cycle rickshaws as a Delhi government committee has recommended “complete replacement” of rickshaws with environment-friendly two-seater e-rickshaws in the national capital.

The committee, in its report, has also recommended capping the numbers of e-rickshaws and registration of the vehicle only after the owner gets permanent driving licence. Following a high court order, the panel was formed in January this year for formulating a comprehensive policy regarding e-rickshaws.

Cycle rickshaws should completely be replaced with smaller e-rickshaws and efforts should be made to make those more environment and people friendly, the committee’s report stated. The e-rickshaws approved by the Union ministry of road transport and highways have a maximum width of 1 metre and maximum length of 2.8 meters and are permitted to carry four passengers. The panel has also recommended designing smaller e-rickshaws with passenger capacity of two.

“This will make the e-rickshaws more people-friendly and would also help in providing last mile connectivity for those living in the far flung areas where passenger density is low,” the report stated.

It has also recommended doing away with the present system of e-rickshaw registration given on the basis of learning licence held by its owner. “E-rickshaws should be registered only after the applicant obtains a permanent driving licence,” the panel has recommended.

Noting the problems, like parking and traffic issues, caused due to over one lakh unregistered e-rickshaws, the committee has recommended limiting their numbers.

“At present there is no cap on the number of registered e-rickshaws in Delhi. The committee opines, considering the road space and availability of other modes of transport, the number of e-rickshaw should be limited,” it said.

Tags: delhi government, cycle rickshaws
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi