Rickshaw pullers, who were the next giant after Auto-rickshaws for traveling a short distance and to nearby areas are now seen without passengers, waiting for them, but still not getting a hold of them. If we talk of Delhi rickshaw pullers, they have a real tough time and luck these days. They are threatened by none other than the “e-rickshaw users”.
The biggest advantage for the users of e-rickshaws is that it is cost efficient and you can reach the last destination of a particular e-rickshaw with just 10 bucks in your pocket. Not so long ago, when the battery rickshaws hit the roads of Delhi, people said that it has so many weak points that it won’t be able to survive in the market. But, it has proved all those predictions wrong by emerging as a winner. At present, a large number of people travel by it. In fact, people who were earlier saying that e-rickshaw business has no scope in it are entering into this business and have become battery rickshaw suppliers in Delhi.
It made a negative impact to auto-rickshaws and the normal rickshaws. Lot many passengers look for battery rickshaw than to travel by other mode of transport which is more expensive.
I came to know the reality when I had few words exchanged with the victims of e-rickshaw. While returning from Kamla Nagar, I didn’t find any of the e-rickshaws as a result I took rickshaw and asked him to take me to GTB Nagar. He asked for 30 bucks which pinched me lot. I asked him for 20 bucks for which he agreed to, after a lot of haggling. He suddenly raised his voice and said “this battery rickshaw has debilitated him and his pockets”. He was in tension and was in pain that can be seen by the way he expressed his problem. He was not happy with it, and was thinking to switch on to these e-rickshaws. “I felt pity on those rickshaw pullers who cannot afford to buy and most of the times in the presence of battery rickshaws they find themselves in with no movements for a long time, as passengers don’t choose them”. I agreed with the facts told by him.
But if the present scenario is seen e-rickshaws has got long way to go. Let us look at some points why it is getting stronger by stronger. Battery rickshaw is undoubtedly a boon for lower income group people who don’t have a well-paying job. E-rickshaw has helped many people to fulfil need of their families as it is good source of income.
People have understood its importance therefore not only men but women are also driving e-rickshaw nowadays. In fact, recently, Delhi got its first woman e-rickshaw driver. Clearly, e-rickshaw has become a great tool of women empowerment, as with no efforts or stamina they can easily handle it. It is for sure one day Rickshaw pullers in Delhi have to think of alternatives; otherwise they could not find themselves in the picture of earning.