The Delhi high court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of a review petition filed against its order banning e-rickshaws in Delhi. The case has been adjourned till August 20 because the division bench of justices B.D. Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul, who had been hearing the matter previously, did not sit on Thursday.
The Battery Rickshaw Welfare Association, the organization that had filed the review petition, informed the court that it will award the family of the three-year-old child who had died as a result of an e-rickshaw accident, the unfortunate incident that had triggered the ban, a sum of Rs 1,10,000 as compensation. On July 31, the High Court had banned e-rickshaws calling them illegal. A review petition against this order was filed by the Battery Rickshaw Welfare Association, representing the interests of the e-rickshaw drivers.
On August 5, additional solicitor general Pinky Anand had appeared for the government and urged the court to lift the ban till the case is disposed of. The court, instead of lifting the ban, allowed the government to come up with guidelines to regulate e-rickshaws. These guidelines were produced before the court on August 8, but the court refused to lift the ban as the guidelines did not include certain key aspects like mandating registration and licences for e-rickshaw drivers.
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