EBM to follow Delhi’s odd-even vehicular policy for toto-rickshaws

Port Blair
5 Jul 2018

With a view to controlling  toto-menace in a few areas under its jurisdiction, English Bazaar municipality (EBM) has taken out the initiative to introduce the Delhi model of odd-even vehicular policy. As part of the initiative EBM authorities have now decided to allow the battery-run three-wheelers to ply on alternate days on the basis of their registration numbers, the model followed by the Delhi government to check vehicular pollution.
The proposal  will be submitted to state transport minister Suvendu Adhikari during his proposed visit to the district on July 10. If the minister approves the proposal, the new system will come into force from August, EBM authorities said. However, the civic body is largely dependent on help from the district administration and police in implementing the system, said officials.
Presently around 10,000 toto-rickshaws authorised by the civic body and the regional transport authority (RTA) ply across English Bazaar every day. Almost an equal number of the three-wheelers reportedly without any permission from any authority also move around the town. As the toto-rickshaws shuttle on three to four major roads of English Bazaar, major traffic snarls have become a regular feature of the city's traffic system that cause immense inconvenience to  the citizens.
Said Chairman of the municipality Nihar Ghosh, “English Bazaar is a small town. Number of toto-rickshaws plying here regularly is more than necessary. For this, taking into account  the inconvenience of citizens, we are planning to allow toto-rickshaws to ply on ‘odd & even policy.’”
He added: “The toto-rickshaws will have two different colours to distinguish between the ones bearing odd number-plate and the ones with even number-plate. We hope, the measure will largely resolve the traffic problems in English Bazaar.”
Manab Banerjee, district president of Trinamool Congress affiliated trade-union INTTUC said, “Toto-rickshaws are now a sustained earning-source for large number of unemployed people. At the same time the inconvenience of citizens and traffic-congestion cannot be ignored too. A policy should be made to strike a balance between the two factors.” (EOIPC)