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Centre comes up with plan to allow e-rickshaws on roads

Soibam Rocky Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 11, 2014
First Published: 23:40 IST(11/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:46 IST(11/8/2014)

The Centre has come up with an interim arrangement to permit e-rickshaws in the Capital.

It proposed before the court on Monday that civic agencies can decide on the e-rickshaws’ area of operation as per the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act (DMCDA). The act prohibits the use of public streets for certain kind of vehicles.

A bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul, however, refused to relax the ban order and said it would consider the Centre’s proposal on August 14, the next date of hearing.

Submitting the proposal, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand said the process of framing rules under the Motor Vehicles Act to regulate e-rickshaws would take two months and the proposed guidelines were an interim measure.

She said the issue was of ‘utmost sensitivity as lakhs of people and their livelihood were being affected due to a complete ban on e-rickshaws”.

As per the fresh proposal, the Delhi Police will ensure that e-rickshaws comply with safety norms. This will entail limiting the number of passengers to four and a total baggage of 50 kg per rickshaw.

Anand said the state transport department would issue identity cards and temporary permission to operators of e-rickshaws and that the transport department had agreed to open various centres for extra hours to consider granting operators commercial driving licences.

The proposal stated that the Delhi government would issue identity marks and stickers to legitimise e-rickshaws.The Centre said the e-rickshaw associations may make an insurance corpus of Rs. 10 lakh to cover cases of grievous hurt or fatal accidents.

In case of grievous hurt, the compensation will amount to Rs. 25,000 and in the case of death, Rs. 1 lakh would be given as compensation to the victim’s family.

The court has asked advocate Sugrive Dubey, appearing for Shanawaz Khan on whose plea e-rickshaws were banned, to go through the revised guidelines.

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