Battery-powered e-rickshaws may soon be legalised by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) as the civic body has sent a proposal in this regard to the Delhi government.
“I have sent a Request for Proposal to the chief secretary to allow us to legalise e-rickshaws in NDMC areas. We already got an approval from UTTIPEC in June last year. Once we get the chief secretary’s approval, the NDMC will prepare the legal framework under which these rickshaws can ply on the roads,” said NDMC chairperson Jalaj Srivastava.
The authorities had last year decided to come down hard on operators of these non-motorised vehicles which were not covered under provisions of the Delhi Motor Vehicle Act.
“Currently they are not covered under any Act. The transport department and the Delhi Police have valid concerns and we will bring a legal framework which will cover their concerns and under which the e-rickshaws will operate,” Srivastava said.