Traffic was thrown out-of-gear in areas around National Highway 8 on Monday morning as hundreds of cab drivers blocked both carriageways near the Rajokri toll booth in southwest Delhi on the key road protesting against the Supreme Court’s decision to ban diesel taxis in the city.
The congestion largely affected thousands of office-goers who travel between Delhi and Gurgaon, linked by NH-8, and the traffic helpline was bombarded with calls from distressed commuters.
Dhaulakuan, Kapashera and Mehrauli were some of the areas where traffic crawled for hours and a long tailback stretching over a kilometer was witnessed near the Rajokri flyover around 9am, a traffic official said.
“The taxi drivers on Monday morning blocked both the carraigeways on Rajokri flyover near the old Delhi toll booth on Gurgaon to Dhaula Kuan road,” a traffic police official said.
The chaotic situation stretched beyond 11am and traffic personnel had to be pressed into service in the area, the official added.
After extending the deadline twice, the apex court had on Saturday refused to give more time to cab operators to convert to CNG and put a ban on diesel cabs in the city from May 1.
According to Delhi transport department, about 60,000 taxis are registered in the national capital of which 27,000 run on diesel. Around 2,000 diesel-run taxis had converted into CNG mode in the last two months.
The red zone is all what Delhi-Gurgaon traffic is all about. Thanks SC n Diesel owners, I’m stuck past 2hrs.
Damn my bro missed flight due to traffic on gurgaon route @ArvindKejriwal @bharat_builder
The red zone is all what Delhi-Gurgaon traffic is all about. Thanks SC n Diesel owners, I'm stuck past 2hrs. pic.twitter.com/9jyT2hs9fY— Rainasaurus (@sid_raina) 2 May 2016
@TimesNow @timesofindia @htTweets Unprecedented traffic towards GGN right till GGN toll gate.@abpnewstv @aajtak
With inputs from Agencies