The much-awaited e-rickshaw facility is likely to start in the city in the second week of December. However, the assistant regional transport officer (ARTO) of Noida said the service will be allowed only on internal roads and not on the main roads.
The state government has ordered the Noida transport officials to submit details of the project such as the number of routes defined in Noida, the number of e-rickshaws on each route and the route-wise colour coding of e-rickshaws. The information has to be provided by the end of the month.
“I am working on this project with the aim to execute it latest by December 15. The state transport department has issued the order and we cannot afford a delay. As soon as I get details of the project from the Noida transport department, I will issue permits for e-rickshaws,” said Mayank Jyoti, the regional transport officer (RTO). He added that route-wise colour coding of e-rickshaws would help in enforcement.
The Noida transport department had already defined 12 routes and a total of 250 e-rickshaws for Noida city about three to four months ago.
“We have also decided on an approximate number of e-rickshaws on every route. Now, we have to decide route-wise colour coding,” said Rajesh Singh, assistant regional transport officer (ARTO) Noida, adding that they will submit the report by November 30.
“Roughly 20-22 e-rickshaws will be allowed on each route and there will be a different colour for each route,” said Singh, adding that e-rickshaws will be plying only on sector or internal roads, and not on main roads.
Presently, over 1,000 unauthorised e-rickshaws are plying in the city without any check by the authorities. The project to authorise them was launched in June this year and the transport department earned criticism for delay in execution.
The department is granting permits only to e-rickshaw models approved by the state government.
To give a final shape to the project, the regional transport authority (RTA), Ghaziabad, is to call a meeting of officials of Noida transport department, the traffic police and the Noida authority in Ghaziabad in the first week of December.
Four of the 12 routes
Ashok Nagar (Delhi-Noida border), Sector 1 Rohan Motors, Sector 6-7, 8 and 11, and Jhundpura
Sector 14 petrol pump, Indian Oil crossing, Naya Bans, Sectors 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 8, 11 and 12, Metro Hospital, 12-22 Tiraha
Sector 18 Atta peer, Sector 19, 27, 26, 21, 25, 22, 23, Chauda gaon
Sector 56 Nehru Yuva Kendra, Sector-22, 56, 55, 57, Rajat Vihar, Khora Chowk, Labour Chowk.