Bhayandar: After gathering dust for more than six months, eight pink auto rickshaws of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation will finally hit the roads of the twin city. The eight compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered pink auto rickshaws were handed over to women beneficiaries by Mayor Dimple Mehta and Women and Child Welfare Committee (WCWC) chief Shanu Gohil in the presence of legislator Narendra Mehta on Tuesday.
In an ambitious plan to transform the living standards of underprivileged women, the BJP headed-women and child welfare panel had proposed distributing 100 CNG-powered pink autos to them. Symbolic keys were handed to the beneficiaries in a glittering function held to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8. But the plan ran into a roadblock – there was a delay in mandated documentation work, including RTO registration, road permits and batches.
As per the MBMC initiative, pink autos, powered by women drivers, will predominantly serve women commuters, although male passengers are not bared from using these autos. While a 100 per cent subsidy has been provided, the vehicles will be owned by the civic administration for a lock-in period of seven years, before its transfer to the beneficiary.