According to reports, senior faculty members from IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur and IIM-Lucknow have been roped in to recommend technical specifications of the motor or battery-powered rickshaws which the state government has announced to provide free of cost to rickshaw-pullers across the state.
In this regard, two committees have been formed. The first, called as technical is to recommend technical specifications for the rickshaws and the other will supervise the purchase of rickshaws and their distribution.The six-member technical committee is headed by Prof Jayanta Chatterjee, from IIT-Kanpur.
The committee includes Prof KR Rajagopal from IIT-Delhi, Prof Sushil Kumar from IIM-Lucknow, secretary, Uttar Pradesh Non-Conventional Energy Development Authority, Heera Lal, chartered engineer Vinod Kumar Kathuria and mechanical engineer Roshan Ali Quraishi.
The other committee has 10 members and is headed by chief secretary Jawed Usmani. It includes Industrial Development Commissioner Anil Kumar Gupta as vice-chairman. Urban development principal secretary Pravir Kumar is appointed as the committee’s secretary. Other members are the principal secretaries of Finance, Social Welfare, Planning, Environment, Housing, Tourism and Non-Conventional Energy.
The State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) is the nodal agency for the implementation of the scheme under which around 2.5 lakh rickshaw-pullers will be given motor-operated rickshaws free of cost. Only rickshaw-pullers registered with municipal bodies before March 31, 2012, will be entitled to the benefit. Each vehicle is expected to cost around Rs 1 lakh, and a provision of Rs 100 crore has been made in the budget of the current financial year.
The previous Mayawati government had also distributed around 100 battery-operated rickshaws that could be charged with solar energy in Lucknow. SUDA officials who recently met these beneficiaries some parts of the city for feedback said the rickshaw-pullers have complained of various technical problems they face in maintenance of the vehicles.