Officials of Gautam Budh Nagar administration on Monday decided to increase the cap on number of e-rickshaws in the district to accommodate 1,000 vehicles that will be distributed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 5.
Nearly 5000 e-rickshaws are slotted for distribution in Delhi-NCR, including 1,000 for Gautam Budh Nagar and 2,000 for Ghaziabad.
“The decision was taken during the district committee meeting on Monday. The limit is now raised to 1,000. The recommendation will also be put before the regional transport authority,” Bacchu Singh, city magistrate of Noida, said.
The increased limit means that all new e-rickshaws that will be distributed on April 5 will be accommodated. Further, the existing e-rickshaws that are yet to be registered will not be able to do so.
The transport department officials, who said they could not provide learners’ licence or register vehicles without the distributor having a trade certificate, have issued a trade certificate to the vehicle distributor chosen by Bharatiya Micro Credit (BMC), the agency that is financing e-rickshaws for distribution.
“We received a trade certificate in favour of a vehicle distributor in Noida on Monday evening. We are applying for two more certificates. Trade certificate holders will provide training and register e-rickshaws for the PM’s event. For Ghaziabad, we will get the e-rickshaws registered with our Noida distributors and then get them transferred,” Vijay Pandey, managing director of BMC, said.
According to regional transport officer Mayank Jyoti, Gautam Budh Nagar has four registered trade certificate holders while Ghaziabad has six.
“The dealers get an authorisation letter from the vehicle manufacturer, approved by the transport commissioner’s office. The manufacturer then issues authorisation letter to the dealer/distributor to procure a trade certificate from our office. It is mandatory for the trade certificate holders to have a facility to provide the 10-day mandatory training to e-rickshaw owners,” Jyoti said.
“The only way the issue with the organizing agency (Bhartiya Micro Credit) for the event could be sorted was to provide a trade certificate to their dealer upon application,” Jyoti said.
The transport department issued the first trade certificate late Monday evening despite denying the request earlier on Monday.
Increased e-rickshaws on roads in the two districts means more vehicles on already congested roads. Apart from the Central government, the UP government has already planned to provide e-rickshaws before the 2017 assembly elections. Ghaziabad is slated to get more e-rickshaws in the near future.
“Under the UP government’s scheme, all cycle-rickshaw operators registered with local bodies up to November 2014 will get an e-rickshaw on surrendering their cycle-rickshaw. Since only 407 people applied for the scheme, the government has extended registrations for three more months,” Indra Sen Singh, project officer from district urban development agency (DUDA), Ghaziabad, said.