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Blurring of the borders

Decks have finally been cleared for free movement of autos and taxis between Delhi and its satellite towns. Atul Mathur reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 04, 2009 23:45 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times

Priya Joshi takes a cycle rickshaw from Faridabad and Aanand Sharma takes a shared auto-rickshaw from Vaishali in Ghaziabad till the Delhi border every day.

From there they take either a bus or an auto to their respective workplaces in Connaught Place.

But their daily routine is soon going to end.

Decks have finally been cleared for free movement of autos and taxis between Delhi and its satellite towns.

The ministry of road, transport and highways has approved colour coding for vehicles opting for special National Capital Region Permit to ferry passengers between Delhi and national capital region (NCR) towns.

A senior Delhi government official said the transport department would invite applications from three-wheeler and taxi drivers for the permit.

Vehicles opting for the permit will be painted in white and blue, with a special green strip to denote CNG-fuelled vehicles and have a special logo as well.

The colour coding, designed by the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, has already been approved by the constituent NCR states of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

NCR states had signed a reciprocal common transport agreement (RCTA), notified in December 2008. Its implementation, however, was in limbo in the absence of an approval from the union government.

“The union government has allowed constituent states to form their own rules in this regard. This has paved way for its implementation,” said a senior Delhi government official requesting anonymity since he is not authorised to speak to the media.

In the light of hardships faced by commuters travelling from satellite towns to the Capital, transport departments of NCR states had agreed on unobstructed movement of public transport — buses under contract system, auto-rickshaws and taxis and radio taxis — within the NCR.

All these vehicles will have to be CNG-run and should comply with Euro III emission norms.

State governments have also agreed upon the number of permits given to auto rickshaws to move within the NCR.

The Delhi government will give 4,000 permits for autos to move in Uttar Pradesh, 1,000 for Haryana and 500 for Rajasthan.

These states will also give similar number of permits to autos for Delhi.

There is, however, no cap on the number of taxis to move between two member states.

First Published: Jun 04, 2009 23:40 IST