Tripura shows way to regulate e-ricks

August 5, 2014


 The Times of India (Delhi)

 Biswendu.Bhattacharjee | Agartala


While the Delhi high court on Monday agreed to review its decision to ban e-rickshaws in the capital, Tripura has long brought these vehicles within the ambit of legislation and is probably the first state to do so.Replicating the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the state framed the `Tripura Battery Operated Rickshaws Rules 2014′ to regulate the movement of battery-operated rickshaws in urban areas of the state.The rules, notified in January , state that a driving licence is mandatory for e-rickshaw drivers, who must not be less than 20 years of age. It will be valid for three years, unless cancelled or suspended if the driver flouts rules.

The licence fee of the battery-operated rickshaws is Rs 300, renewal fee Rs 100, registration fee Rs 1,000 and trade certificate fee Rs 1,000. The operator has to pay Rs 100 as annual road tax.

The rules say engineers of urban local bodies of the rank of executive engineers must issue fitness certificates for the vehicles after a technical assessment.

Each battery-operated rickshaw will have to provide insurance cover to protect the riders. An e-rickshaw can seat four people at the most and can ply only within the jurisdiction of urban local bodies. Registration numbers will be provided once the applications are screened.

“We have notified 55 routes in which these rickshaws can operate. All fall within the Agartala Municipal Area. So far, we have received 531 applications from operators,“ said Agartala mayor Prafullajit Sinha.

For six months, these rickshaws had operated in Tripura cities without any registration and licence.

Haryana government notifies Development and Regulation Act

April 15, 2013

 CHANDIGARH: Haryana government has notified the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas (Amendment) Act, 2013 to regulate land use in the state. 


The move is aimed at regulated use of land in order to prevent ill-planned and haphazard urbanisation in or around towns and for the development of infrastructure projects in the state, an official spokesman said.

The Haryana Infrastructure Development Board has been constituted under the chairmanship of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, he said adding, an executive committee under the chairmanship of Haryana Chief Secretary will also be constituted under the Board to aid and assist it in discharging its functions.

The Board will be the apex body for overall planning and development of infrastructure projects, the spokesman said.

The Board will act as a nodal agency to co-ordinate all efforts of the government regarding development and implementation of infrastructure projects involving private participation and funding from sources other than those provided in the state budget and will also identify infrastructure projects for private participation.

It will promote competitiveness and progressively involve private participation while ensuring fair deal to end-users, identify and also promote technology initiatives in urban development and infrastructure development sector for improving efficiency in the system.