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.