Section 3 (1) of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Cycle-Rickshaw By-Laws, 1960 states that “no person shall keep or ply for hire a cycle rickshaw in Delhi unless he himself is the owner thereof and holds a licence granted in that behalf by the Commissioner on payment of the fee that may, from time to time, be fixed under sub-section (2) of Section 430”. MCD officials claim that this bye-law was to keep the middlemen out. It is important to look at the actual impact of such a law.

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