There are over 10,000 rickshaw drivers in Kolkata, India whose future is in serious question. The local government stopped issuing licenses in 2003 and is now in the process of eliminating rickshaws altogether on the grounds that they are inhumane and that they slow down traffic. A recent bill has passed after a long controversy will outlaw hand-pulled rickshaws starting in the fall of 2007. Kolkata is the last place in India where rickshaws are still legal and many men emigrate from neighboring states to take up this profession in order to support their families back home. (image by Joey Anchondo)
There are over 10,000 rickshaw drivers in Kolkata, India whose future is in serious question. The local government stopped issuing licenses in 2003 and is now in the process of eliminating rickshaws altogether on the grounds that they are inhumane and that they slow down traffic. A recent bill has passed after a long controversy will outlaw hand-pulled rickshaws starting in the fall of 2007. Kolkata is the last place in India where rickshaws are still legal and many men emigrate from neighboring states to take up this profession in order to support their families back home.
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