By the end of February, Maharashtra will see pink and orange auto-rickshaws plying on their roads as the state government has decided to introduce special autos driven by women and catering mostly to women commuters.
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These permits were allotted via a lottery process that was organized at the Andheri RTO.
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Talking about the initiative, Diwakar Raote, Maharashtra’s transport minister said:
“The women have won through a 5% reservation system, which was introduced for the first time, as we want to encourage them to ply autos and earn a livelihood. The move will also help women who travel alone.”
If these one lakh permits are approved and issued, it will bring the total number of auto permits in Mumbai to 1.6 lakh which including the present 3 lakh permits will give a huge boost to Mumbai’s public transport system.
In view of women’s safety, these female drivers will ply their allotted autos mainly on shared routes and would give preference mostly to women commuters.
If it is found that a driver who doesn’t know Marathi has been allotted a permit, then the officials who cleared his files would face a strict disciplinary action.