Sunday, October 19, 2014

e-Rickshaw Mela on Sunday the 2nd Nov

The Government of India has very recently, in their notification number GSR 709(E) dated 8.10.2014, defined an e-Rickshaw as follows:

"E-rickshaw means a special purpose battery operated vehicle having three wheels and intended to provide last mile connectivity for transport of passengers for hire or reward, provided,––
(i)                  such vehicle is constructed or adapted to carry not more than four passengers, excluding the driver,
(ii)                and not more than forty kilograms luggage in total;
(iii)               the net power of its motor is not more than 2000 W;

(iv)              the maximum speed of the vehicle is not more than twenty-five kilometer per hour"

Few rules and procedures have also been laid down. 

In order to bring awareness among buyers and sellers of e-Rickshaws in New Town, we are organising an e-Rickshaw Mela on Sunday the 2nd November at 12noon - 6 pm. This will be held at the Entry Plaza of Eco Park (Gate 4). I have invited Transport Department's presence as well. I have requested Minister Firhad Hakim to visit too. Here is an advertisement published recently:

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Here is a clipping from today's Times of India:


  1. respected Sir,

    We all know how much hard work you given to make New town as smart city. Even ever we enter Newtown we find Clean and green Roads, ultra-modern building, flyover, park, proper traffic rules and excellent maintenance. Newtown is the cleanest part of Kolkata. We are proud of Newtown and we are proud for you too. And we salute Mamata Banerjee for taking proper steps to clean your city, Kolkata.
    But Sir with due respect I would like to say that govt is neglecting the most important part of city, ignoring the most crucial part of our town. THE GATEWAYS OF KOLKATA.
    Kolkata has total 7 gateways . Airport, Jessor Road, Howrah Station, Sealdha Station, Kolkata Station, Shalimar Station, Santragachi station and Kona Expressway. Apart from Santragachi station and Kona Expressway all other GATEWAYS ARE COMPLETELY MESSED UP.
    Last year Kolkata got the brand new airport terminal. The terminal is a pride for kolkatans. The Airport area is maintained perfectly. But the moment we step out from Airport zone and enter VIP ROAD we find dirt , dirt and dirt, complete nuisance . VIP road became one of the ugliest and dirtiest part of our city. No maintenance nothing. It’s a complete mess.
    People are peeing both side of Road. Garbage dumped both side of road even sometime on road also. Broken Trident light and non-illuminating street lights. Unmaintained boulevard, illegal parking of Bus, Auto, Taxi, Rickshaw. Eye shore hoarding No traffic rules, no lane maintaining, no footpath. No green area no trees. No beautification work happened as of now. It’s a shame for us having Airport Approach road like this.
    Forget about cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune. Even tier II tier III cites like Bhopal, Coimbatore, Vizag, Bhubaneswar has better Airport approach road and better gateways.
    I ask you why? Why this negligence? When govt is improving city’s maximum roads, beautification work is going on throughout the city then we all gateways are neglecting so much??
    The same situation with other gateways also. Howrah station which consider as a heritage zone is wrapped up with Garbage , hawkers and urine. The entire area is covered with Hawkers now. People are literally Peeing on the middle of road and boulevard . Even hawkers are doing business over Howrah Bridge also. Howrah bridge which is the most famous tourist spot in Kolkata, which the most visited place in Kolkata and which is the busiest cantilever bridge in the world , is controlling by Hawkers , touts and goons. Police is there in the bridge but they are busy to take bribes from lorry and bus.
    We all know that you are not that typical Government officers who say it’s not in our department so we cant help you. In our opinion you the best working Govt office in your city. That’s why I’m trying bring our the major issue in your notice.
    I’m doing this not for me, not for you, for us. For your love KOLKATA. So please sir it’s a humble from us to improve the situation of all Gateways in Kolkata. Lets make Kolkata a true clean city a true Tillotama.

    1. Yes, Soumalya correctly said, the government should do something about the gateways urgently. They are in sorry state and they are giving a negative image to the city.

  2. Very relevant and valid points taken up by Mr. Soumalya.
    Just off the topic, but yet relevant, here is a link to a website:
    I believe while we do score advantages on certain sectors over this in case of New Town, there are other sectors we can surely improve upon (both in case of Kolkata and New Town). Kindly do look into this site and its salient features.