Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 30
The city has got its first 24-hour rickshaw stand at the ISBT, Sector 43. The rickshaw stand, that was inaugurated here today, will have over 200 designated rickshaws that have been refurbished along with night reflectors that have been installed at each of them to avoid accidents during the wee hours.
In continuation with the first phase launch of eco-cabs five months ago, these rickshaws will be available on phone call in sectors adjoining the ISBT-43. Also, within next 10 days, a pre-paid booth will also start functioning at the new ISBT stand.
Among these will be 25 newly developed Ecocabs sponsored by Go Global Consultants. “Transport Department, Chandigarh has provided Cycle Rickshaw Parking stand at ISBT and shall be made operational on 24-hour basis jointly by Ecocabs and New Kranti Rickshaw Worker Union,” said founder of Navdeep Asija, the founder of Ecocabs dial-a-rikshaw service.
Tariff for the day and night hours for the neighbourhood area shall be fixed for the convenience of passengers along with ‘Dial-a-Rickshaw’ facility. At present more than 200 cycles rickshaw operators are providing dial-a-cycle rickshaw facility in more than 30 sectors of Chandigarh.
In order to support cycle rickshaw operations in Chandigarh, Municipal Corporation, as a part of much needed backend reforms, have rehabilitated around 200 such cycle rickshaw parking stands and have made cycle rickshaw parking available in various sectors of the city along with scrapping of age old licensing system for rickshaw and simplified registration process, Navdeep said.
The new cycle rickshaws are developed with 9 square feet of reflective surface.