India’s government has introduced a bill to prohibit private taxis from operating in the capital, Delhi.
The move comes as the country’s public transport system is under strain after the death of a homeless man in the city’s central business district on Tuesday.
The bill, to be debated in parliament on Thursday, is expected to be a victory for the Delhi government.
It comes after a string of deaths, including that of a 25-year-old homeless man on a Delhi bus last month.
A number of the victims were young men who were not using public transport, said a spokesman for Delhi Mayor Arvind Kejriwal.
The bill will ban private vehicles from operating within 1.5km of a public transport stop.
The bill, proposed by Delhi’s Transport Department, would also prohibit taxis from using public facilities such as parks, sports grounds and buses, among others.
In a statement on Tuesday, Delhi Transport Minister Bhupendra Yadav said private taxi drivers are being encouraged to use public transport to help the homeless.
He said: “It is very important that we encourage the people to use these private vehicles, so that they do not have to rely on them.”
He added that “the legislation will be applicable from July 31 to September 30”.
Earlier, a senior official from Delhi’s Metropolitan Transport Department had said that private taxis have been banned from operating on public transport in the Capital in the last two years.
The transport department said that in the past, private taxi owners and drivers have been allowed to operate in Delhi’s CBD.