Delhi government to allot 35 per cent of over 4,200 e-auto permits to women
According to a department official, the Transport Department has given over 95,000 licences and reserved more than 4,200 for e-autos to stimulate the use of electric cars to battle air pollution.
To empower women, the Delhi government's Transport Department plans to award 35% of the approximately 4,200 e-auto licences to female applicants, in addition to providing them with subsidies under the city's electric vehicle policy. In December 1997, the Supreme Court ordered the Delhi government to restrict the total number of new autorickshaw licences and only issue new permissions to replace existing permits.
The number of vehicles allowed to operate in the national capital is now limited to one lakh. According to a department official, the Transport Department has given over 95,000 licences and reserved more than 4,200 for e-autos to stimulate the use of electric cars to battle air pollution.
According to media sources, an official stated that 35 per cent of the approximately 4,200 licences for e-autos had been allocated for women. The licences are expected to be given soon following a meeting of the transport minister. The official went on to say that the decision to acquire e-auto licences for women was driven by the fact that there are just a few women drivers in Delhi's public transportation sector. According to officials, subsidies and loans are also expected to be part of the incentive to use e-autos instead of CNG-powered vehicles.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot previously stated that the Delhi government would soon begin facilitating the registration of e-autos, which can save up to Rs 29,000 over CNG counterparts.
Under its electric vehicle strategy, the city administration is focusing on adopting electric three-wheelers such as e-autos, e-rickshaws, and e-carts. One hundred seventy-seven three-wheeler types are available and qualify for purchase and scrapping incentives under Delhi's electric vehicle policy.