MCD formulates policy for scientific management of cycle rickshaws

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New Delhi, Dec 11 (UNI) The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has formulated a new policy for scientific management of cycle rickshaws in the city, MCD Standing Committee Chairman Vijender Gupta said here today.

The main objective of the policy is to issue license to the owner-cum-rickshaw puller himself, thereby eliminating the system of giving rickshaws on a hire basis.

In order to ensure that the license was granted to a bonafide person, his documentary proof of residence in the city would be essential. He should be residing in the city at least for one year to discourage people from obtaining rickshaw license who come to Delhi for a short while and are not familiar with traffic rules of the city.

It is expected that the new policy will not only ensure security and safety of travellers, but also make an effective dent on rickshaw mafia in the city.

The contract for scientific management of cycle rickshaws, cycle rickshaw trolleys and handcarts will be awarded to competent agencies on a turn key basis through open tenders according to group of zones for a period of three years, which would need to be renewed every year.

As a part of the project, the agency will carry a survey of roads in association with MCD where rickshaws/handcarts will be allowed explicitly marking their route on maps with proposed haltage points.

Besides registration and record management, the agencies will be fully responsible for enforcement of new system in respect of cycle rickshaws/cycle rickshaw trolleys and handcarts.

The entire record management will be web-based and all data will be stored in MCD's data centre. The Photo ID cards, sensor chips, number plates and web-based records will be fully integrated.

The Web-based registration software and data centre facility will be provided by the MCD.

Leader of the House Subhash Arya said the MCD strongly felt there was an urgent need for rationalising the policy framework for cycle rickshaws in Delhi. He said the new policy will encompass all aspects of the issue.

He said the management and enforcement of cycle rickshaws, cycle rickshaw trolleys and handcarts have deteriorated substantially in the city giving rise to a large number of unlicensed rickshaws causing enormous problems to vehicular traffic, pedestrian movement and encroachment on public land. After implementation of the new policy, it will be ensured that each zone is provided with 50 Home Guards, ex-servicemen from Delhi Soldier Board or security guards from professional agencies for capturing the unlicensed rickshaws and removal of encroachment on public land caused by them. One jeep for towing the seized rickshaws would also be provided to designated stores in the zones.

The drive will be continued at least for three months consecutively for substantive results.

UNI

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