Kolkata's quaint hand-pulled rickshaws may not be around much longer.
Naresh Yadav has operated a hand-pulled rickshaw in Kolkata for 45 years. Ever since he came to the city following his uncle's footsteps, it's all he's ever known how to do. Starting his day at 6 am, Naresh plies the bylanes of Kolkata, hoping to pick up a fare. When he started doing this for a living, the fare used to be 30 paise. Today, it's Rs. 20. Saving what he can, he sends home a meagre Rs. 2000-5000 a month to his family back in Bihar.
Rain or shine, Naresh will be out on the street, plying a dying trade. With the passing of the Calcutta Hackney-Carriage (Amendment) Bill, 2006, hand pulled rickshaws were banned in Kolkata. However, a High court order decreed a stay on the legislation. How much longer can this arrangement last without new licenses being issued for rickshaw pullers?
Updated Date: Jun 06, 2017 09:46 AM