LIGHT WEIGHT `ECO CABS' TO RUN IN PILOT PROJECT; OTHER CITIES TO FOLLOW LATER, GOVT TELLS HC
The Department of Tourism, Punjab, will introduce modified cycle rickshaws (Eco Cabs), which are much lighter in weight than the traditional ones, in Amritsar city as a pilot project.
The same would be introduced in other cities on the basis of the Amritsar experience.
Hussan Lal, Special Secretary, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Punjab, brought this to the notice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday through an affidavit. He said during a September 9 meeting, attended by Director, Tourism, Amritsar Deputy Commissioner and officials of Municipal Corporation Amritsar, methodology of introduction of this project was discussed. The issue of financing the rickshaws through various banks was also discussed and the Deputy Commissioner agreed to implement the project.
It was also informed that the Department of Tourism had engaged Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka (GWAF) to undertake a study of traffic pattern in Amritsar and suggest measures to introduce modified rickshaws.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had earlier taken suo motu cognisance of a news item, which appeared in English daily on April 26, highlighting the role of School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, at the asking of GWAF in designing a lighter cycle rickshaw named as `Eco Cab'. GWAF named it `Fazilka Nano' and launched on April 4 at Fazilka Heritage Festival. The High Court converted it into a public interest litigation and issued notice to Punjab.
The High Court order dated April 28 read, "With its transformation into Eco Cab, it is on the way to become a viable and eco-friendly mean of transport for all...."