The Union minister for urban development Kamal Nath awarded Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka (GWAF) the National Award of Excellence in the area of nonmotor transport at the fourth Urban Mobility India Conference-2011 at New Delhi recently.

The best Non-Motor Transport practice award is given annually to a city that uses non-motor transport innovations to increase mobility for all residents, while reducing air pollution emissions.

The award was jointly received by GWAF and Municipal Council Fazilka.

GWAF was represented by Navdeep Asija, founder Ecocabs and Dr Bhupinder Singh, founding member GWAF and retired professor from IIT Roorkee while the municipal council was represented by Anil Sethi, its president.

Ecocabs are a dial-a-cycle-rickshaw service available in big cities. The idea behind the project was to strengthen the unorganised network of cycle rickshaws.

The project was later replicated in Amritsar and other 21 towns in Punjab with the help of the district administration and local NGOs.