The Ghaziabad district officials have decided to run 250 e-rickshaws, including 50 pink e-rickshaws exclusively for women commuters. The officials of the regional transport department said the plan will be rolled out before the end of the financial year.
District magistrate Vimal Kumar Sharma has directed all officials to arrange for licences and permits for e-rickshaws and has also asked the Ghaziabad municipal corporation to chalk out routes and parking stands.
“We have decided the colour-coding for e-rickshaws for cis-Hindon and trans-Hindon areas. Fifty e-rickshaws will be painted pink and will be exclusively for women and their family members. We have also identified 10-11 localities from where e-rickshaws will ply,” Sharma said.
As part of the colour-coding, 100 e-rickshaws in the trans-Hindon area will be painted black and yellow while the other 100 in cis-Hindon areas will be painted black and red for unique identification. The officials have also been directed to have five e-rickshaws painted pink at each of their centres.
Apart from this, the district magistrate has also given directions to install GPS devices in all e-rickshaws for added safety. He has also directed the authorities to make sure that the identities of all e-rickshaw drivers are verified before they are allowed to ply the vehicles.
According to the officials, centres have been identified at the localities of Kavi Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, Indirapuram, Vaishali and Vasundhara.
“The process of licencing and registration of the e-rickshaws will start next week. These procedures are a bit complicated as the drivers will undergo 10 days of training before they are issued a licence to ply an e-rickshaw. However, we will start the process and hope to complete it by the end of the financial year,” said Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer (RTO) at Ghaziabad.
The RTO also said the proposal to ply 50 women-only ‘pink autosrickshaws’ will be put in place soon. The move will, no doubt, boost the last mile-connectivity in the city. Ghaziabad currently lacks a safe option for commuting, especially for women who have often complained of harassment while commuting from Metro stations.