High Court wants registration camp, barcodes for old Delhi rickshaws

During the hearing on the case last week, the bench also suggested use of barcodes for the registered rickshaws.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:December 1, 2016 2:10 am

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to hold a camp for registration and licensing of cycle rickshaws, plying in Old Delhi, next week.

The bench of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Jayant Nath directed the NDMC to hold the camp between December 5 and 10 and give due publicity to the event as part of the proposed project to decongest the Chandni Chowk area.

During the hearing on the case last week, the bench also suggested use of barcodes for the registered rickshaws.

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The counsel for the NDMC, however, told the court that the current licencing system was “manual”. The IT department, in its response, has said the civic agency would require at least four months to put a computerised system in place. The bench, however, said the IT department of the NDMC was “taking us up the garden path” and observed that QR codes and barcode technology was common enough to be “scanned by all smartphones”.

“Tell them to not take you up the garden path. Get it done,” the bench told NDMC standing counsel Madhu Tewatia.

Delhi government counsel Rahul Mehra also suggested that cycle rickshaws, which do not have licences, be barred from entering Chandni Chowk after the camps are held.

The bench also asked the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Maintenance Committee to make a fresh design for the piao outside the Gurdwara Sisganj in Chandni Chowk.