Delhi to get 25,000 more autorickshaws

Delhi government on Thursday decided to give permits for a fresh batch of 25,000 autorickshaws which will take the number of new three-wheelers in the city to 35,000.

Transport department officials said the government took the decision considering huge number of applications it received for autorickshaw permits. Delhi government had started the process of issuing 10,000 new permits for auto-rickshaws in September, almost a year after the Supreme Court allowed plying of more such vehicles in the city.

Over 5,400 new autorickshaws fitted with global positioning systems have hit the city roads in the last one month.

Autorickshaws fitted with GPS are connected with the operation and command control centre of the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd and it can track movement of all these vehicles. The fare meter in new autorickshaws is also fitted with a printer and passenger can get printed receipt of the fare.

People having licence for driving autorickshaw are eligible for getting the permits. Currently, the city has a fleet of around 60,000 autorickshaws.

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