Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Saturday, 20 August 2016

A Rickshaw by any other Name ?

Not according to The Road Transport and Highways Ministry !

They have just issued the following " Guidelines " ( to State Transport Authorities ) , in respect of E-Rickshaws :

#  Speed Limit / Carrying Capacity / Body Specifications

The Road Ministry is also in the process of finalizing the Safety Norms for these " Battery Operated " light vehicles , while allowing them to operate under the Motor Vehicles Act , even as some 4 million E-Rickshaws are already operating in the country !

I suppose , the Ministry will come up with different sets of " Guidelines " for Rickshaws whose prime movers ( the driving force ) are :

#  Ethanol ( I believe , Diesel / Kerosene Engine based rickshaws , are covered by Petrol Engine based rickshaws )

#  Hydrogen based hi-breed Engines ( coupled with Petrol / Kerosene / Diesel / Electric engines )

#  Compressed Air powered Engine / Methane gas powered Engines

#  Other prime movers that I cannot think of right now !

Now , we are all familiar with Human-Power driven rickshaws ( basically a bicycle pedaled by a human and having a comfortable seat at the back for two passengers )

If the front wheel of such an H-Rickshaw ( H for " Human Engine " ? ) were to be replaced by  GeoOrbital  Front Wheel , then it will be some kind of a hi-breed between H and E  !  A H/E - Rickshaw  ?

GeoOrbital  ( www.Geoo.com ) front wheel has a built-in battery , giving a range of 50 miles , with a bit of pedaling

And it will dramatically reduce the effort required by the peddler , while enabling him to earn more ( and with less effort ) by making many more passenger-trips in a working day !

Instead of worrying about , yet another set of " Guidelines " for H/E-Rickshaws , it would be nice if the Road Ministry were to come out with a ,

POLICY  STATEMENT  for  H/E - Rickshaws , which reads :

"  All those unemployed who wish to wish to become Self Employed through owning / operating , a H/E-Rickshaw , will get interest free MUDRA loans for the purchase of such hi-breed vehicles , whose front wheel is a GeoOrbital wheel "


Huge potential for creating millions of Self Employed

#  Minimum Capital Investment ( probably less than a Motor Bike )

#  H/E-Rickshaws can be , even turned into " Rickshaw Share Taxi " Scheme , enabling a small family of 3 , to
    ride such a rickshaw within a city , by picking it up from one " Parking " place and leave it at another !

   { Husband will get that much needed exercise and improve his health ! )

#  By equipping HE-Rickshaws with GPS enabled Digi-Met(Digital Meter),fare can be paid thru Mobile Wallet (NFC )

#  Traffic congestion and Vehicular pollution will reduce dramatically !

#  Dependence on fossil fuels will reduce

Had Shri Akhilesh Yadav , CM- UP , offered all those 7 lakh UNEMPLOYED who recently applied against 3000 vacancies of " Safai Kamdar " ( Sweepers ) in Kanpur , a hi-breed H/E-Rickshaw , ( of course ,  Free of Cost ! ) , then , he would have guaranteed himself , a re-election in the forthcoming State elections , while claiming credit for achieving the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, by 2017 ( against the Road Ministry target of 6 million electric vehicles on roads , by 2020 ) !

May be , Shri Nitin Gadkariji would want to seize the opportunity that Shri Yadav , missed !


21  Aug  2016

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