Rickshaws defy ban in Chandni Chowk
It has been more than a year since the HC banned cycle-rickshaws. However, neither the MCD nor the Delhi Traffic Police have been able to rein in rickshaws, reports Nivedita Khandekar.delhi Updated: Jul 27, 2008 23:07 IST
It has been more than a year since the High Court banned cycle-rickshaws on the main road in Chandni Chowk. However, neither the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) nor the Delhi Traffic Police have been able to rein in rickshaws, leading to regular congestion on the road between Lal Quila and Fatehpuri Masjid.
After the ban, applicable on four other roads along with the Chandni Chowk main road, a CNG bus service was started on June 9 this year for the convenience of the commuters. But the rickshaws continue to ply on this road with civic and the traffic authorities blaming each other for the problem.
When asked, the traffic police say the rickshaw pullers cannot be challaned as they are non-motorised mode and the only thing they can do is to physically stop the rickshaws from plying on the banned road.
“We regularly impound rickshaws and even deflate tyres as one of the measures but they keep coming back,” said a traffic policeman.
This correspondent talked to a rickshaw puller and he answered, “I know we cannot ply on this road, but this is a lucrative stretch, so I come here. Sometimes the traffic cops break the front wheels of our rickshaw but we have to work.”
The traffic policemen, on the other hand, defend themselves by saying there is hardly any action as the rickshaws are handed over to the MCD officials. The officials from the civic agency check the rickshaw for its licence and if it is an authorised one, the rickshaw puller is fined.
“The problem is that we don't have proper records of these rickshaws. Many have forged documents due to which we are unable to take action the way it should be taken,” an official said.