In a bid to ensure smooth traffic movement and bring down street accidents, Delhi traffic police are pressing the government for appropriate legislation to deal with cycle rickshaws, which, according to them, hinder traffic management in the Capital.
After a recent High Court judgment removed the cap imposed by MCD with respect to cycle rickshaws licenses, Delhi Traffic police on May 6 wrote to the state chief secretary and the Lieutenant Governor to translate the proposed 'Rickshaw Policy' into an act and thereby empower police to deal with rickshaws.
Cycle rickshaws were introduced in Delhi in the 1940s and it was expected that these would disappear with the growth of modern, motorised transport. But their numbers have grown phenomenally in the last two decades. Presently, a couple of lakh of rickshaws ply on Delhi roads.
“We have asked for MCD to be empowered to give zone-wise registration to each rickshaw with a restriction to their operating areas,” said Ajay Chadha, special commissioner (Traffic).