Meeting E-Rickshaw Dealer

Few months back, electronic city rickshaw is newly launched to the market of Biratnagar, which provides better service economically. Despite being very much affordable and comfortable to the passengers, these rickshaws are not able to increase compare to its popularity and quality service because of facing barriers to entry by the local authorities (Traffic and Biratnagar Municipality) and Department of Transport. Recently local authorities and department of transport have stopped registering the new rickshaw limiting the quota of 300 rickshaw, which made them to sticked a printed slogan “Gari Khana Deu” (Let Me Earn My Living!) in the back and front of the rickshaw. They also face the problems by other kinds of vehicle who don’t want these new rickshaws as a competitor in the same route. For economically deprived country like Nepal, these means of survival keeps great importance. But this kind of barrier to entry has created obstacles to those who want to make a living pursuing this job. It also has left the large number of passenger without choice, which forced people to use the same old means of transport that is bit costly compare to city rickshaw. Bikalpa – an Alternative aspire to conduct research on “Barriers to Entry” of City Rickshaw in Biratnagar, which will help us to find out the problem and its impact on the broader level. We want to see how the barrier to entry has created impact on the livelihood of the rickshaw drivers/owners. We also want to see what is the cost of barriers to entry to the general public. Recently we had a meetings with rickshaw dealers to identify their problems.

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