India Wants Autorickshaws Replaced with Electric Vehicles

Indian capital looks to phase out famous green and yellow motorised three-wheelers, citing pollution and rude drivers.

Published: 26-Mar-2010

The Indian capital's streets are notorious for the swarms of green and yellow autorickshaws – and for their surly, betel nut-chewing and overcharging drivers.

But their days may be numbered after Delhi's chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, said she wanted to see the three-wheelers phased out within five years.

Amid uproar in the state assembly, she said that no ban would be imposed "immediately". But Dikshit's comments signalled the likely start of a long campaign to prepare public opinion for the demise of one of the capital's best-known sights.


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