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Taxi drivers protest continues, commuters in distraught

Protesting drivers took to the roads in Delhi, causing hardships for school-going and office-goers

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: May 3 2016 4:02PM | Updated Date: May 3 2016 4:05PM

Taxi drivers protest continues, commuters in distraught

Tough time for the residents of Delhi and NCR continued as congestion prevailed in most of the routes as scores of taxi drivers staged protests at the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway as well as other parts of Delhi for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. 


The taxi unions have been demanding the ban imposed on plying of diesel and petrol driven taxis be revoked. The Supreme Court had last week refused to extend the April 30 deadline for diesel-operated taxis to convert to CNG to curb air pollution.


The condition was worse on the Delhi-Gurgaon and Delhi-Noida borders and near west Delhi's Rajokri area.


"The taxi drivers blocked both the carraigeways on Rajokri flyover near the old Delhi toll booth on Gurgaon-Dhaula Kuan road," a traffic police official informed.


The protests and blockages led to major traffic jam across the national capital, with vehicles lined up behind one another for up to 1 km, an official said.


"It takes me 20 minutes to reach work, but I am stuck here for the past 30 minutes. Nothing is moving," Preeti Gupta, a PR professional working in Noida Sector 16 told IANS.


Vehicles were also piled up on the Delhi Noida Direct (DND) flyway but were soon cleared with the help of policemen deployed there, 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 and petrol-based taxis in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) from May 1.