From January onwards, pink autorickshaws will be seen on the roads of Bengaluru, and they’ll be reserved for women and children only. According to the city’s Mayor, Sampath Raj, 20% of the autos under the social welfare scheme of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will be reserved for women.
This move has come a week after the announcement that women drivers will have reserved parking in Brigade Road in the city.
The new autos will be the same as the current ones but will be painted in pink so they can be distinguished.
“BBMP distributes 300-400 autos under the social welfare scheme. Under this, we plan to designate 20 per cent as Pink Autos. This will be started in a pilot phase from January,” the Mayor told the The New Indian Express.
For those planning to purchase the pink autos, there will be a subsidy of up to ₹25,000. The BBMP is also looking into getting CSR support for these autos and has already had its first meeting for the same.
These women-only, pink autos, have been launched in Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad as of now. There have been mixed responses from women commuters about their benefits so far. Let’s see how well they perform in Bengaluru!