Diesel taxi drivers block traffic in Delhi
New Delhi: In a bid to protest against a Supreme Court decision to ban diesel taxis in the national capital, cab drivers on Monday blocked traffic in west Delhi’s Rajokri area. The blockage near Rajokri area also obstructed traffic in both the carriageways from Dhaula Kuan to Gurgaon.
“The taxi drivers on Monday morning blocked both the carriageways on Rajokri flyover near the old Delhi toll booth on Gurgaon to Dhaula Kuan road,” a traffic police official told IANS. The blockage eventually led to a massive traffic snarl on the Delhi-Gurgaon route with vehicles lined up behind one another for up to 1 km, an official said.
The apex court on Saturday had refused to give more time to taxi operators to switch to the cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG) and banned the diesel-based taxis to run in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) from May 1. Cab operators termed the apex court’s decision tyrannical, saying if the decision was not changed then it will lead many of them to commit suicide. Over 27,000 taxis run on diesel alone in Delhi.
Even if the taxi operators pleaded that there is no technology available to convert diesel to CNG, the court held that extensions have been given and “you should have thought about alternatives by now”.