New Delhi, Sep 18 (UNI) After phasing out of rickshaws, cart horses too could be on their way out from Old Delhi, to be replaced by Victorias! In what could be seen as a move to decongest Delhi, especially the Old Delhi localities, a proposal to ban plying of cart horses from several areas of the city and instead give fresh licenses for operations of 'Victorias', like those being operated in Mumbai, was today introduced in the Standing committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
In a proposal moved in the Standing committee, Mahek Singh, Moolchand Chawla and Sunil Kakkar of the BJP said that since cart horses, due to their very structure, occupied a lot of road space causing frequent traffic jams, no more licenses be provided to operators of these vehicles.
Instead, like Mumbai, Victorias should ply on various busy roads of the walled city areas. For this purpose licenses be given to existing cart horse owners.
The proposal was endorsed by the Leader of the Opposition in the MCD House Jaikishen Sharma and was passed unanimously in the Standing committee.
Mr Gupta referred this proposal to the Municipal Commissioner for consideration with the directions that this proposal be brought after consideration along with scheme of rehabilitation of cart horse owners.
The resolution moved by BJP members said in the busy and congested walled city areas, cycle rickshaws and self-own two-wheeler vehicles are major source of ride. The number of Cart horses plying in these areas have decreased considerably.
Moreover, in the congested areas cart horses occupy a lot of space thereby causing frequent traffic jams. It is, therefore, imperative that existing Tonga walas should be given licenses to run Victorias for tourist. It will facilitate habilitation of Tonga walas and will also increase their earnings.
It is notable that cycle rickshaws are already banned in the Old Delhi areas as per an order of the Delhi High Court.
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