NCR travel becomes pocket friendly

With distribution of more than 5,000 e-rickshaws in Delhi NCR travel is set to become cheaper

GN Bureau | April 5, 2016


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Prime minister Narendra Modi today distributed 2,000 e-rickshaws to beneficiaries in Ghaziabad and 1,000 each for Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida to promote the Stand up India scheme. The scheme aims to promote entrepreneurship among scheduled caste/tribes and women by giving loans ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 100 lakh.

 
The move will not only provide livelihood for many but also promote cheap transport and last mile connectivity. Access to public transport beyond the Delhi metro in the national capital region has been a persistent problem.
 
Also, it will provide an alternate source of income to many cycle rickshaw drivers whose earnings are in no way commensurate to the physical toil they put in.
 
The e-rickshaw has been through many controversies. The eco-friendly vehicles were termed hazardous as they were unregulated. Following a petition in the Delhi high court, the ministry of road transport and highways had banned these vehicles in April 2014 over safety concerns. It created a huge uproar among the e-rickshaw drivers some of whom had invested their life savings on these vehicles.
 
Finally in March 2015, the motor vehicles act was amended and e-rickshaws became regulated vehicles.
 

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