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Delhi High Court bans e-rickshaws: Horrific death of a toddler triggers the move
Can't imagine the horror or what would have gone in the mind of the unfortunate mother when her little kid fell from her bosom into a cauldron of boiling syrup. I'm not a painter of agonies. But it sends chill through my spine when I try to resurrect the scene on the spot.
Horrified desperate Mother threw her arms in the boiling thick liquid and pulled put out her baby with 90 per cent burns. However, the kid died soon. It was a horrible accident. But it also set the newest, holy and selfless anecdotal example, a high bar of mother's love- a reminder for all of us who quite often fail to give due credit for the sacrifices our parents make for us.

The e-rickshaw was driven by a 17-year old novice who had been caught earlier in a gang-rape case. The heart rending incident happened near the local market in Trilokpuri's 26-Block. Pinki, the mother, was carrying her son in her arms when she was hit by the e-rickshaw. Pinki fell down and her son was hurled away and fell into a cauldron of boiling sugar syrup.

The e-rickshaw driver and his friends fled the accident spot leaving behind the vehicle. The identity of the e-rickshaw driver, the officer said, was established after the police found the owner of the vehicle and interrogated him at length at the Mayur Vihar police station. The e-rickshaw owner was identified with the help of some phone numbers mentioned on his vehicle. But this is not the leitmotif of this discussion.

The public would like to know why these e-rickshaws were allowed to ply on the roads without necessary safety precautions. Who is responsible if there are no regulations? Who is responsible for the horrible avoidable accidents?

With the High Court's ban on this last pollution free cheap means of transport, every user will have to bear additional six hundred rupees monthly burden on his/her transport budget. What would happen to the livelihood of these drivers now?

Almost two years ago, these small, cute, pollution-free battery operated vehicles had made their appearance on the roads of Delhi. Public had given a warm welcome to these last-mile connectivity mini-carriages. It had become a preferred mode of transport.

Then the UPA Government, on April 24, 2013, through a notification, declared these vehicles as illegal. After that the authorities impounded nearly 1,000 of the vehicles throwing a scare among the almost 70,000 e-rickshaws plying on the capital's streets.

However, not long ago, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced the lifting of the ban. His act had come seemingly a life-saver for the 70,000 e-rickshaw operators who could have been rendered without any means of livelihood.

He had also hinted about the regularization of e-rickshaws. The commissioners and officers had been busy, as we are told, in preparing a policy for that. The relevant guidelines for registration of these vehicles were on cards.

Then, the High Court came like a bolt from the blue. Now everyone is blaming everybody. Pinki, the hapless and hopeless mother of the scalded dead child, with deep boils on both of her arms, deepest pain in her heart, casts the vacant stares!

So far this year alone e-rickshaws were involved in 36 cases of accident, that led to the death of two people.

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