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Delhi govt allows women candidates to submit applications for e-auto permits

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The Delhi government’s Transport Department has allowed eligible women candidates to submit their applications for electric auto-rickshaw permits till next Wednesday.

Recently, a draw of lots was conducted for the allotment of 4,261 e-autos by the Transport Department. With the computerised randomisation process, around 2,855 male and 743 females were given the permits.

Nearly 33 per cent (1,406) were reserved for women out of the total permits. The transport department had received 20,589 applications in total out of which 19,846 were male applicants.

For the remaining 663 permits, women candidates can submit their applications through a link provided on the department’s website till February 23, officials said.

After allotment, successful applicants would be required to purchase the TSR (three-seater auto rickshaw) and apply for registration on the single-window portal of Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) before April 30, they said.

Failing this, the letter of intent (LOI) will be deemed to be surrendered and included in the waiting list. The registration of the e-autos will only be allowed for people having a valid PSV (public service vehicle) badge and LOI, officials said.

Delhi government is promoting e-vehicles in a big way to combat air pollution in the city. In October last year, it had launched a scheme for registration of e-autos – lilac for female drivers and blue for male drivers.

The top court had on 11 February allowed the Delhi government to resume the process of registration of 4,261 e-autos in the city.

The scheme was earlier halted due to a lawsuit filed in the court on the government’s decision to allow electric autos in place of CNG within the one lakh cap on autos that the Supreme Court had mandated.

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