City anchor: To keep horse buggies running, corpn thinks policy revision

To keep the charm of horse-drawn carriages alive in city, the South Municipal Corporation is looking to revise its policy for grant of licence to buggy owners. The civic agency decided to reconsider the policy after the Ghora-Baggi Welfare Association protested that the existing policy was "too stringent".

The existing policy requires an owner to have parking space for the buggy in their home.

"The association argued that if trucks and buses can be parked on roads and the government can take one-time parking charge from them, why can't this be done with buggies. They (owners) agree to pay one-time charge to park their buggies on roads," Director of Veterinary department R B S Tyagi said.

The proposal to revise the policy was put on hold by the Standing Committee on Tuesday to review the rate charged from buggy-owners.

The buggies in South Municipal Corporation areas are used for ceremonial purposes such as marriages and religious processions.

"In order to have proper record of all horse buggies plying in area and ensure that guidelines are followed, a policy for grant of licences to buggies and horses, used for ceremonial and tourist purposes, was approved by the erstwhile corporation in 2011," an official said.

But the Ghora-Baggi Welfare Association said a few terms of the policy were too strict and, therefore, no buggy owner had come for fresh licence or renewal since the policy was approved.

"After examination of their representation, we have made necessary modifications in the policy to be approved by the Standing Committee," the official said.

The corporation has proposed Rs 4,000 as one-time parking charge from buggy owners. Under this proposed policy, licences for horses would be issued separately.

Licensed buggy owners can ferry tourists to monuments such as Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Old Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Safdarjung Tomb, Lodhi Tomb, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Tughlaq Fort, etc.

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