Photographer's Note

THIS ONE GOES FOR MY FRIEND Shaeri(crckt), a Kolkatan at heart.

The last sizeable fleet of true rickshaws in India can be found in Kolkata , where the rickshaw puller union resisted their prohibition (which ocurred in many parts of the country , beacuse of accidents) . Several major streets have been closed to rickshaw traffic since 1972, and in 1982 the city seized over 12,000 rickshaws and destroyed them. In 1992, it was estimated that over 30,000 rickshaws were operating in the city, all but 6,000 of them illegally, lacking a license (no new licenses have been issued since 1945). The large majority of rickshaw pullers rent their rickshaws for a few dollars per shift.
In August 2005, the Communist government of West Bengal announced plans to completely ban rickshaws, resulting in protests and strikes of the pullers. (WebIndia, 2005)

They have finally officially been banned in November 2006 by an ordinance of the West Bengal government along with so far pending government promises of rehabitating the poor rickshaw pullers.Still a few of them remain trying to earn their livelihood thru loopholesw of law.

Rickshaw is a very common means of transport in almost every part of India. It is available were you cannot get a taxi, auto or any motorised transport. The rickshaw puller charges around Rs.5 to Rs.30 depending upon the distance which can be anywhere from 1 to 5 km. It is better to negotiate the charge before hiring a rickshaw in India. Rickshaws are also used in denser parts of the cities to ferry cargo.

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