They were asked to stop plying on city roads some months ago but the tongas are still posing traffic problems in Sadar Bazar.
Parked along one of the busiest roads in Delhi, Qutub Road, they are eating into the road and have made commuting on the already crowded roads a nightmare. “They are occupying space unnecessarily. They have been placed here without any reason.
As it is the roads here are narrow and need immediate widening,” said Ravi Jain, a trader at Sadar Bazar.
Tongas were removed from Delhi roads in July this year after the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) refused to renew the licences that had expired in May this year. They were taken off the road to help decongest traffic in the Walled City, where they were most popular.
“The road can easily be widened if these tongas are removed. The tongawallahs have already lost their livelihood. Removing them from here is not going to do them any harm,” said Manoj Yadav, a hardware shopowner.
There were 130 licenced tonga owners in the city, apart from 26 which were plying without permission. The licence holders were given tehbazari or vending sites in Shastri Park under a rehabilitation plan. But the MCD has no plans to remove the tongas at Sadar Bazar. “They will gradually be sent to Trans-Yamuna areas. There is no plan to remove them as of now,” said Renu Jagdev, deputy commissioner, MCD (city zone).