Indirapuram residents have raised Rs.51,000 for Ruby Singhal, the city’s only woman autorickshaw driver, whose autos were burnt down earlier this month.
The residents’ body will be giving her the amount on Tuesday during the Republic Day celebrations in Indirapuram.
On January 6, a drunk man had started a fire at Sudampuri area of Vijay Nagar, which burnt down the two autos that were Singhal’s only means of livelihood. She has since been renting autos to run, but the daily income earned this way is not enough for her family of five.
After reports of the fire were published, the Federation of Apartment Owner’s Association (FED-AOA) of Indirapuram on January 12 decided to try to raise `1 lakh for her.
“We have managed to raise Rs. 51,000 as of now, which we will be giving her on Tuesday during the Republic Day celebrations. The remaining Rs. 49,000 will also be donated as and when we are able to raise it,” said Alok Kumar, president of the body.
He added that Singhal will be hoisting the national flag during the celebrations and her phone number will be distributed among residents to call her up for auto rides.
The regional transport officer (RTO) has also stepped in to help Singhal.
“We have promised her that once she buys a new auto, she will not have any trouble getting an NCR permit from the transport office. It will be handed to her without any hassles,” said Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer, Ghaziabad.
Singhal is now planning to buy a second-hand auto as soon as possible.
“I already have Rs. 50,000 in my bank account. After getting the donation amount from residents, I will have Rs. 1 lakh, with which I plan to buy a second-hand auto as a new one costs around Rs. 1,70,000,” she said.
“I am very grateful to the people who have decided to donate such a large amount for me,” she said.