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Green vehicles hit a red signal: Maharashtra puts brakes on e-rickshaw rides in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad

RTO starts impounding vehicles, move opposed by political aspirants

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THE e-auto rickshaw rides in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad seem to have come to a halt with the state government deciding to allow such services only in select cities. Following a government directive, the Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) has started to impound the e-rickshaws, which, until a few days ago, were a common sight in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad

Battery-operated auto rickshaws or e-rickshaw services had started in Aundh, Baner, Balewadi in PMC limits and in some parts of Pimple Saudagar and Sangvi in PCMC limits.

Started by political aspirants, these vehicles used to run small distance and were welcomed by residents. Although these services were launched recently, they had become quite popular with the public in general. Till date, around 40 such vehicles were on the roads and more were expected to ply in the near future.

As per the government resolution of August 3, the state has now stopped such vehicles in Pune. The GR has said such e-auto rickshaws will be able to run only in Latur, Amravati, Buldhana, Akola, Nagpur and Wardha. Only registered cycle rickshaw pullers in these cities would be allowed to ply such vehicles. Till date, no registration was required for these vehicles, but the GR has made registration of such vehicles mandatory. Also, the police commissioner’s opinion would be taken into account.

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Pune RTO Jitendra Patil said action has begun in Pune city and instructions have also been issued to Pimpri-Chinchwad deputy RTO office to impound e-auto rickshaws that are plying within its jurisdiction. “We have already impounded some vehicles from Aundh and the flying squads will take further action against such vehicles,” he said.

In Aundh, Baner and Balewadi areas, MNS leader Nana Walke had started such services a few months ago. Walke said the decision of the government was political in nature. “The local auto rickshaw drivers had not opposed the move. In fact, they had welcomed the service as that allowed them to ply for longer distances,” he said.

The move, he said, was ‘regressive’ as for a city like Pune non-polluting vehicles was the need of the hour. Aundh, Baner, Balewadi areas being selected for the Smart City project, such smart transport was necessary. “We will protest against the move,” he said.

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 12:14:04 am
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