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1 lakh more autos on way to Delhi roads

Bhadra Sinha and Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 12, 2011
First Published: 01:00 IST(12/11/2011) | Last Updated: 01:01 IST(12/11/2011)

Commuting is set to get easier in the Capital.


The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Delhi government to have 100,000 more autorickshaws on the city's roads, ending a 14-year-long freeze on registration of new three-wheelers.

There is one auto-rickshaw for every 304 persons in Delhi, but once all the new autos are in business, the ratio will come down to a healthy 108 persons per auto. 

The court had on December 16, 1997 banned fresh registrations as autos were running on two- or four- stroke petrol engines, leading to severe pollution.

The SC directed that CNG-fitted new vehicles replace the old ones.

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