A Case Study of the Auto-rickshaw Sector in Mumbai

By Akshay Mani & Emma Shlaes

This report aims to better understand the role of auto-rickshaws in Mumbai's transport system and the distinct challenges and opportunities that the sector presents in promoting a sustainable transport system for Mumbai. In particular, the focus of the study is on auto-rickshaws that provide a taxi service and not the share auto-rickshaws that provide fixed route informal public transport at some locations in Mumbai.

We aim to answer some of the following questions: How is the auto-rickshaw industry in Mumbai part of a sustainable urban transport system? How can auto-rickshaws provide comparable mobility to that of a private vehicle? How do auto-rickshaws benefit residents and drivers? What are areas for improvement from the driver, user and environmental perspectives?

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to know more about this research, contact Akshay Mani at akshay.mani@wri.org.