Victoria owners, drivers to get hawking licenses

 Mumbai
Victoria owners, drivers to get hawking licenses

The state cabinet has offered some relief to Victoria drivers and owners who have been hit by the ban on the horse drawn carriages in Mumbai.

The rehabilitation package will include a hawking license and financial help of Rs one lakh. Those who opt out of the hawking license will be compensated with an amount of Rs three lakh. 91 horse-carts owners, 130 horse-cart drivers who ply the Victorias, particularly in the south Mumbai area, have been affected by the ban.

The move comes close on the heels of the court ruling that banned the Victorias on the plea of PETA which had argued that the horses were being abused for the purpose of tourists' recreation. A cabinet sub committee had then been formed under the court's orders for the rehabilitation of the owners and drivers affected by the ban.

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