Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response on validity of e-rickshaw

Transport minister Nitin Gadkari had recently come under attack for allegedly promoting the use of e-rickshaws.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2014 2:20 pm
Government may also look at sealing of units manufacturing the vehicles. (PTI) A bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha issued a notice to the government. (PTI)

The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the central government on validity of e-rickshaw under the existing legal regime.

A bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha issued a notice to the government, asking whether e-rickshaw could validly ply under the pertinent motor vehicle rules.

The notice was issued on a petition by Bibhash Karmakar, who sought a ban on e-rickshaw since they were plying illegally of roads.

Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari had recently come under attack from opponents for allegedly promoting the use of e-rickshaws for the benefit of a company run by his wife’s brother.

Purti Green Technologies Private Limited (PGTL) is one of the manufacturers of e-rickshaws, where Gadkari’s brother-in-law Rajesh Totade is a director with 50% stake.

PGTL was formed under the Purti Group which was promoted by Gadkari though he resigned as chairman of the Group in 2011.

Gadkari, however, shrugged off the charge. He denied any link with PGTL which is one of the seven companies authorized by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research to manufacture e-rickshaws. “Neither Shri Gadkari nor any member of his family is associated with any e-rickshaw manufacturing firm,” BJP and minister’s office claimed in identical statements.

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    Girish
    Jul 7, 2014 at 9:04 am
    if it's plying on the road, it is a vehicle. it has a motor, so it comes under Motor Vehicles Act.
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      Harish
      Jul 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm
      Pollution is unsafe for everyone.. not just pengers. The world's most polluted city has seen an explosion of respiratory diseases and cancer. The story is the same in other Indian cities too.
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        Luhar Luhar
        Jul 7, 2014 at 9:18 am
        Gadkari's idea of promoting E-rickshaws is really commendable. Investing in green technology is certainly the need of the hour. The opposition to his idea just because his family is in the business is untenable.
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          Anil
          Jul 7, 2014 at 10:10 am
          Adani and Purti cos. running the government.
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            shyama
            Jul 7, 2014 at 8:57 pm
            While they are not safe, I agree, phasing them out is next to impossible. It is the livelihood of a vast number of people. In many A grade city residential and outlying areas, in mofussils and in B grade cities - many times this is the ONLY way of getting around besides infrequent state buses. Sometimes in getting to state or other bus stops, one needs an auto, if you have lived in congested areas in Kolkata or Chennai, for instance, especially for older people.A better plan would be to restrict areas where they can ply - i.e. not allow auto-rickshaws in heavy motor vehicular traffic in arterial and main roads and of course, highway areas. Enforcing this might be tricky.The idea is to provide greener forms of transport as well as keep safety considerations.
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              Thomas George
              Jul 7, 2014 at 11:25 am
              It is not commendable. All auto-rickshaws must be phased out because they are not safe for pengers in the new era of high speed traffic.
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