Is This Even Legal?
Rickshaws are banned in Chandni Chowk but this does not mean that the Traffic Police have to puncture the tyre to discourage them from breaking the ban. I am pretty sure the High Court did not direct the cops to enforce the ban this way. Instead of encouraging green vehicles like cycle rickshaws the MCD had opted for CNG busses which are over crowded and congest the already narrow Old Delhi roads. What’s wrong with the MCD, when will they come back to their senses? Never!!!
Excerpt taken from HT epaper : Article written by Neelam Pandey
High Court may have banned cycle-rickshaws in Chandni Chowk and areas surrounding, but for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) enforcing it is proving a tough task. Unable to rein them in, the civic body has been coming up with various strategies: the latest to join the league is deployment of ex-servicemen to restrict rickshaws from entering banned areas.
Not only this, the 40-odd ex-servicemen who would be positioned at various points in the Walled City would confiscate all rickshaws plying in Chandni Chowk and dismantle them.
At a time when developed countries have been promoting the use of green transport such as the cycle-rickshaw, Delhi, on the other hand, has been limiting their use in the city .
“Lack of enforcement in Chandni Chowk by the Delhi traffic police has resulted in rickshaws coming back on the streets even although banned initially We have now decided to deploy ex-ser .
vicemen, who will confiscate all rickshaws whether licensed or unlicensed, plying on banned streets. They will be sent to city zone stores, where they will be scrapped within seven days,” said a senior MCD official.