Mumbai: Ahmedabad, Malegaon, Varanasi: it has literally been a cycle of terror with terrorists using bicycles as vehicles of terror by planting bombs on them.
Now as a safety measure, the Mumbai municipal corporation has proposed to introduce licensing for bicycles in the city.
“Cycles have become the latest tool in the hand of the terrorists because it’s the vehicle of the common man,” says a corporator, Yashwant Jadhav.
Since it was a shop number on one of the cycles that helped investigators establish dealer in Malegaon, the BMC hopes registration numbers will help the police in case cycles are used in terror plots.
But cyclists in the city seem to be divided over the issue.
While some are worried as to how they would source money for getting the licenses made, others feel security is paramount.
Also, once this proposal is passed, the onus of the registration will be on cycle dealers, who say that it will be a difficult task for them.
"Mostly its common people who buy cycles and they don't have any proper address. So how can we get it from them and give it to you or the police for verification?” asks cycle shop owner Wajinder Sahni.
To implement this proposal, the BMC has sought an amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act of the state, a move which might not prove to be a smooth ride.