Story of Live Discussion in Autos of Delhi: What Do They Say about Sustainability?

Story of Live Discussion in Autos of Delhi: What Do They Say about Sustainability?

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4995-8.ch014
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Abstract

A part of the transport sector in New Delhi is comprised of CNG driven autorickshaws. Through a series of discussions and interviews with the drivers of autorickshaws in New Delhi, this chapter reveals the way the social, economic and environmental domains of sustainability are interrelated with the operation of autorickshaws by these drivers for a time period between 2004 - 2010. Various facts emerging from discussions with autorickshaw drivers are presented to posit several aspects of social, economic, and environmental domains of sustainability which are entwined with the operation of this mode of transport in New Delhi.
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Purchase Value, Financing

If the purchase value of an auto is Rs. 6 lakhs (which includes commission of agents), then out of that Rs.1 lakh has to be made as a down payment. Bank finance is not available for auto drivers. Mostly, money for purchasing an auto is borrowed from private parties that costs a high rate of interest of more than 10%. EMI amount for a Rs.1.5 lakh loan is close to Rs.12,000. For a purchase cost of Rs. 6 lakh an auto driver can get Rs.4 lakh as a private loan and Rs. 2 lakh is being arranged by the auto driver.

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