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PM to distribute e-rickshaws, Noida denies learners’ licence

A week ahead of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s visit and the proposed plan to distribute 5,100 e-rickshaws in the NCR, the Noida transport department has expressed reservations on issuing learner’s licence and registration.

noida Updated: Mar 29, 2016 17:01 IST
Dhananjay Jha
PM Narendra Modi will distribute 5,100 e-rickshaws in Delhi-NCR.
PM Narendra Modi will distribute 5,100 e-rickshaws in Delhi-NCR.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo )

A week ahead of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s visit and the proposed plan to distribute 5,100 e-rickshaws in the NCR, the Noida transport department has expressed reservations on issuing learner’s licence and registration.

Modi is scheduled to visit the city on April 5.

According to a senior official, the agency, Bhartiya Micro Credit, entrusted with the e-rickshaw distribution at the event has not fulfilled the laid down conditions but still wants them to issue licences and registration at the earliest.

“The agency has written to us requesting for issuance of learning licences immediately, referring to the PM’s visit and e-rickshaw distribution plan. They also want that the transport department authorise them to sell e-rickshaws to these people. As per the norms, we have only four authorised traders who can sell and further issue trade certificates to vehicle owners after providing them with a compulsory training,” said Rachna Yaduvanshi, the assistant regional transport officer in Noida.

“The Uttar Pradesh transport department has shortlisted four traders from Noida, authorising them to sell e-rickshaws. These traders will arrange for drivers’ training. Meanwhile, I have sought representation from the agency (Bhartiya Micro Credit) and forwarded it to the regional transport officer in Ghaziabad. They will issue further instructions,” she said.

As per the laid down norms, the e-rickshaw operators will have to obtain a compulsory training of a minimum of 10 days and obtain a trade certificate from the authorised vehicle providing agency.

Bhartiya Micro Credit (BMC), the agency providing e-rickshaws for distribution, said that a total of 5,100 e-rickshaws were slotted for distribution at the PM’s event. These include 2,000 for the Ghaziabad district, 1,000 for Gautam Budh Nagar and another 1,000 each for Delhi and Gurgaon.

“We are already in talks with the transport department officials and also in touch with union ministers, the UP transport commissioner and the regional transport officer in Ghaziabad. We have told the officials concerned that our vehicles are procured from authorised manufacturers. For instance, how can a person get training without a learner’s licence? The officials themselves have failed to register a single e-rickshaw in their district and put a cap on e-rickshaw numbers, which is against the norm,” said Vijay Pandey, managing director, Bhartiya Micro Credit, the agency facilitating the e-rickshaw distribution.

Both Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar have put a cap and authorised 225 and 250 e-rickshaws to ply in the two districts. However, both the districts have failed to get a single registration so far.

In Noida, there are around 500 e-rickshaws presently ferrying passengers on internal roads without driving licences and the vehicles do not have fitness certificates. Ghaziabad also faces a similar situation. The officials, both in Noida and Ghaziabad, have failed to carry out any seizure drives so far.

However, the officials themselves are in a fix whether to act tough against the unregistered e-rickshaw operators or not. E-rickshaws are already high on political agenda before the 2017 UP assembly elections.

(With inputs from Peeyush Khandelwal)