Launch of Working Paper on "Assessing Viability of Using Autorickshaws for Urban Freight Delivery"
18 May, 2023 to 18 May, 2023
11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

India’s freight activity is about to increase five-fold between 2020 and 2030. This imminent demand needs to be met cost-effectively keeping the evolving consumer behavior and needs in mind. Consumer behavior has changed drastically due to the increased penetration of smartphones and easy access to e-commerce platforms. Therefore, there is a need to explore and optimize new types of micro mobility-based last mile freight modes, low-emission cargo transportation (especially for smaller payloads) and new ways to optimally utilize existing vehicle stocks.

Dual utilization of three-wheeler autorickshaws to carry cargo during idle times could help provide an additional source of income to drivers while also helping overcome supply gaps in the freight ecosystem. Keeping this idea in mind, WRI India has explored the demand and feasibility of dual utility of three-wheeler autorickshaws in a study titled ‘Assessing Viability of Using Autorickshaws for Urban Freight Delivery in India’. This working paper is aimed at examining the viability as well as potential impacts on driver incomes, safety, and the environment.

To facilitate the discourse on dual utility of three-wheeler autorickshaws and to launch this working paper, WRI India is organizing an event on May 18th, 2023 at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The paper launch aims to provide a platform for soliciting ideas and opinions from key stakeholders regarding critical conversations around dual use in India. The event includes paper launch, keynote addresses, and a panel discussion.

The launch aims to initiate conversation with stakeholders around the following key questions:

  • Is there a critical market for transporting goods between 30 and 350 kilograms for urban hyper-local deliveries? Can the use of autorickshaws help overcome that gap?
  • What is the potential safety, socioeconomic and environmental impacts of dual utilization of three-wheeler autorickshaws?
  • What are the regulatory and policy measures needed to support dual utility of autorickshaws for last mile urban freight delivery?
  • What short and long-term strategies could be developed by industry in conjunction with central and state governments to catalyze dual usage in India?

The panel discussion on ‘New Frontiers: Logistics Opportunities for Three-Wheelers - Understanding the Market and Assessing Safety Viability of Dual Use’ aims to focus on the following areas:

  • The opportunity of dual licensing for three-wheelers while also shedding light on the safety parameters
  • Opportunities for state and central government to collaborate with industry and create an ecosystem where dual licensing is permitted and practiced
  • The support needed from the government to catalyze dual licensing in India.

Chief Guest

  • Anurag JainSecretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India *


  • Mahmood AhmedAdditional Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India * 
  • N. MohanCEO, Delhi EV Cell - Transport Department, Government of Delhi
  • Dr. Gitakrishnan RamaduraiAssociate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, IIT Madras 
  • Pranav GoelCEO, Porter 
  • Shubhra JainPublic Policy Manager, Amazon 
  • Dr. Reji MathaiDirector, Automotive Research Association of India *


  • Rohan RaoProgram Manager, WRI India

*To be confirmed