MUSSOORIE, Dec 4
The Golf cart got a thumbs up of sorts on Saturday when a trial run saw a golf cart easily maneuver its way not just on the Mall road but also on the Landour slope till Mullingar.
SDM Meenakshi Patwal, Municipal council president Manmohan Singh Mall, R.N. Mathur, President, Mussoorie Hotel Association and a few other officials took a ride to see how the golf cart works in Mussoorie.
Speaking to eNewsDesk R.N. Mathur said, “We are very happy to see the results of the trial. To my mind, Golf carts will help take care of pollution as well as make commuting easy and stylish.”
In a letter to DM, Dehradun, dated November 27, R.N. Mathur President and Sanjay Aggarwal secretary, Mussoorie Hotel association wrote, “Golf cars are eco friendly, silent and will give an aesthetic look to our town and shall be appreciated by the tourist, providing them with an elegant ride on the mall.”
The letter goes on to request the DM “to reconsider the decision and call a meeting where it may be discussed and decided in the good of our town. “
The Golf cart debate started when the RTO did a trial run of E rickshaws on November 8th on Mussoorie’s Mall road.
Earlier, Sandeep Sahni, President of State Hotel and Restaurant association (HRAU) has written a letter to the Commissioner suggesting Golf carts as a more viable alternative. “This replacement by e-rickshaws to my mind has not been properly debated. …The Golf carts besides being aesthetically better would also accommodate more passengers, provide an eco-friendly and effective mode of transport and also help decongest the mall,” he wrote in a letter dated November 22.
Almost two and a half decades after the hand pulled rickshaws, were stopped on the Mall road of Mussoorie, there is debate brewing on what would be an alternate to the present cycle rickshaws. The cycle rickshaws were introduced in 1990 when Harsh Mander, the then head of Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of National Administration (LBSNAA) made the efforts to do away with the hand pulled rickshaws. The hand pulled rickshaws were phased out and the present cycle rickshaws introduced slowly.
Looks like it’s time for a change again. Good or bad, only time will tell.