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Rough ride for city autos: No CNG, fines for entering Delhi

Badri Chatterjee, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, May 24, 2013
First Published: 01:26 IST(24/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:28 IST(24/5/2013)

Thousands of CNG auto drivers in Gurgaon are facing a tough time since Monday as gas supplier Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) has suspended fuel supply to all five dispensing stations in Gurgaon following non-payment of Rs. 4 crore by the distributor here. 

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In a double whammy, the Delhi Police has started penalising auto drivers as they crossed the Gurgaon border to enter Delhi for filling fuel as they do not have the required permit to ply in the Capital.

Already under pressure as their daily income has been hit, the auto drivers also face the potential threat of their vehicles being confiscated by the police when they enter through Kapashera, Rajokri or Mehrauli border.

Autos from either Delhi or Gurgaon cannot enter each other’s territory as the respective state governments are yet to start issuing plying permits despite an agreement. 

The drivers generally are forced to cross the border during late hours to avoid police patrolling but several drivers have been booked over the last two nights at the Kapashera border on charges of permit violations terming their entry into Delhi as illegal.

RK Dutt, an auto driver, said, “As there is no CNG available in Gurgaon, we try to go to a filling station near the Kapashera border but the police fines us as we cannot cross the border. If we run the autos on petrol, they randomly come to a halt.”

Nearly 10,000 CNG autos and 50,000 private cabs and cars remain stranded in the city due to non-payment of dues to IGL by Haryana City Gas Limited (HCGL).

Commuters, meanwhile, are bearing the brunt as they have to pay almost double the fare. “For travelling from Huda City Centre Metro station to Ardee City, which is walking distance, I have to pay a sum of R100 these days. Usually I pay only R50,” said Aman Verma, a resident of Ardee City.

HCGL officials had earlier said the payment would be made by Wednesday but they refused to comment when asked about the payment of R4 crore dues.


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