The Delhi government on Tuesday sought suggestions from operators running diesel taxis with all-India permits in light of the Supreme Court order that only-CNG run cabs can operate in the Delhi-NCR.
The Delhi government asked the operators to submit their grievances by 1 pm on Wednesday. Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai said the state government would urge the Supreme Court in the next hearing to come up with a clear direction on the operational aspect of the all-India permit cabs in the Capital.
“There is a meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA on Wednesday evening. The suggestions will be discussed in the meeting. Their grievances will be submitted before the apex court on the next hearing,” Rai told reporters after meeting taxi operators.
The transport minister, however, reiterated that no diesel cab associated with the web-based aggregators will be allowed to operate in the city.
On the issue of crackdown upon cabs with all-India permit in Delhi, the transport minister said there was confusion over the apex court’s direction on the issue.
“On Saturday, it was said that even the all-India permit cabs had been directed to be kept off the road. But when we saw the written order today, it doesn’t say so. We will urge the apex court in the next hearing to come up with a clear ruling on the issue,” Rai said.
The all-India permit holders complained that they were unnecessarily being harassed by the traffic police and the transport department’s enforcement wing.
“One of my drivers picked a passenger from Anand Vihar to go to Jaipur. But the client asked the driver to drop by in Connaught Place for some work. The traffic police still issued the challan. Crossing by an area doesn’t amount to serving point to point within the city,” said Kamaljeet Singh, a taxi operator in Mayur Vihar, who attended the meeting with the transport minister.