Bangalore: Karnataka High Court on Friday stayed a Government order permitting an additional 40,000 autorickshaws in the city.
When the petition filed by chairman Karnataka State Auto Drivers` Welfare Joint Action Committee Mohammad Abbas came up for hearing before Justice Hulwadi G Ramesh, he stayed the government order dated March 23, relaxing the cap on the number of autorickshaws.
The court also directed the state to submit a feasibility report based on road conditions to accommodate the additional 40,000 autorickshaws on April 20 and adjourned the matter.
Abbas in his petition stated that increasing the number of autorickshaws from 85,000 to 1.25 lakh was not in the interest of general public and also submitted that the government decision would benefit the manufacturers and dealers.
Abbas said that while taking the decision, the state has not not kept in mind the road conditions and passenger density and sought to quash the March 23 order.