"Our concern is very very clear and we cannot allow these erickshaws without any regulations," a bench of justice B D Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul said. Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand, appearing for the Centre and the Delhi Government, said the issue relates to the livelihood of around 50,000 erickshaw owners and they be allowed to ply them under the supervision of Delhi Police and civic agencies. "We will not allow any illegal acts. You show us under which guidelines or norms the police will regulate them. Have a proper policy then only we can allow it as the rule of law should must prevail," the bench said.
"We are also not happy but we should not allow chaos in the capital of the country, which should be a role model city for all of us," it said. The ASG then informed the court that the Centre will frame the draft guidelines on the issue and erickshaws can be allowed to ply for the time being till the guidelines are replaced by statutory amendments. The court then fixed the matter on August 8 for hearing review petition of Battery Rickshaw Welfare Association.
The court had yesterday agreed to hear the petition seeking review of its order banning e-rickshaws on the roads in the national capital. Advocate R K Kapoor, who had appeared for the association, had sought an urgent hearing of the matter saying an advisory has been issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to the chief secretaries of all the state governments and Union territories regarding regulation of electric motor propelled threewheeled vehicles (e-rickshaws and ecarts). He had contended that this advisory has not been brought to the attention of the court.
The high court on July 31 had ordered a ban on plying of e-rickshaws in the national capital, saying they are illegally running on Delhi roads and "prima facie a hazard to other traffic as well citizens".