Govt plans to approach SC,seek lifting of cap on new auto permits

The Delhi government plans to approach the Supreme Court to remove the cap on the number of auto-rickshaws allowed to ply in city.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 1, 2013 3:04:34 am

The Delhi government plans to approach the Supreme Court to remove the cap on the number of auto-rickshaws allowed to ply in city.

The Supreme Court had in November 2011 relaxed the cap on auto-rickshaws from 55,000 to one lakh.

Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami on Tuesday said the grant of more permits for three-wheeler scooter rickshaws (TSRs) will not create a pollution hazard as TSRs are being run on CNG.

“The government has decided to approach the Supreme Court to remove the limit on number of TSR permits that can be issued as there is no such restriction on registration of any other type of vehicle. Further,no such restriction exists in most cities in India,” Goswami said.

The decision comes after several people,who bought new auto-rickshaws,could not register their vehicles as the Transport department had exhausted the quota of 45,000 new permits granted by the Supreme Court.

Goswami said a quota of 3,000 new permits would be made available for applicants. These permits were earlier not allocated in the general category,department officials said.

“The permits would be exclusively released to those who have already bought TSRs but could not get them registered,” an official said.

The department has also decided to take action against the TSR dealers who have sold TSRs to people without checking the availability of permits,Goswami said.

The decision to go to court to lift the ban comes after the demand for auto-rickshaw permits went up in the past few months.

Goswami claimed that the Transport department had received various representations from the public to grant TSR permits in order to cater to the increasing number of commuters.

While the Transport department officials said permits in the reserved category are yet to be filled,those in the general category have already been allotted.

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