Banning cycle-rickshaws in New Delhi unrealistic: Court

February 4th, 2009 - 10:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday took an exception to the “unrealistic approach” of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in banning cycle-rickshaws in parts of the capital and slammed it for not fixing a limit on the number of cars a person can possess.“We find the guidelines are unrealistic. Why are you so enthusiastic in banning cycle-rickshaws? Why don’t you issue guidelines limiting the number of cars a person can have in the city?” observed a division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Sanjiv Khanna on a public interest petition filed by Manushi, an NGO.

The NGO submitted that the measure has taken away the livelihood of poor people.

“It seems the total number of cars in Delhi is more than the combined number of cars in three metros - Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata,” noted the bench and said that in view of the increasing pollution, people in several countries, including China and Holland, have adopted bicycles and cycle-rickshaws as a mode of eco-friendly transport.

Appearing for the petitioner, counsel Prashant Bhushan submitted that the guidelines issued by the NDMC were violative of the fundamental rights of the rickshaw-pullers in the city.

The court has fixed Feb 19 for further hearing.

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