Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Vikas Sharma, Gur­gaon

The ar­ti­cle on er­ick­shaws was in­ter­est­ing. It pro­vided a pic­ture of how the er­ick­shaw in­dus­try is func­tion­ing at the or­gianised and un­or­gan­ised level. A com­mon sight on the roads of Delhi, er­ick­shaws are slow but not adding to the al­ready bad air qual­ity in the NCR. They are found in the re­gions neigh­bour­ing Delhi like Ghazi­abad where they fa­cil­i­tate last mile con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween lo­cal­i­ties and the near­est bus sta­tion or the metro sta­tion. The fu­ture of er­ick­shaws looks bright, but there is a need to help them grow into an in­dus­try that turns out bet­ter qual­ity and more ca­pa­ble prod­ucts. They should be able to ful­fill the re­quire­ments that petrol pow­ered rick­shaws do to­day. A mere an­nounce­ment of FAME and some pro­vi­sions un­der it may not be enough. The er­ick­shaw in­dus­try will have to be hand held and turned into a ca­pa­ble or­gan­ised sec­tor that is self sus­tain­ing and not just re­liant on the do­mes­tic mar­ket. Ca­pa­ble er­ick­shaws will also make them at­trac­tive to those states that are at present hes­i­tant.

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