Confusion prevailed in Gurgaon among taxi drivers and residents after the Supreme Court decided to ban diesel cabs from entering Delhi-NCR from May 1.
The apex court refused to give more time to the taxi operators in Delhi-NCR to switch to CNG engines after giving them two extensions earlier.
“We will comply with the Supreme Court orders and tell such taxi operators either to convert to CNG or stop operations. We are issuing directions to our enforcement teams to take action against erring vehicles. We are already registering CNG-based NCR taxis,” said Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer at Ghaziabad.
Ghaziabad has a total of nearly 4,581 registered taxis, of which 3021 are diesel-run. Neighbouring Gautam Budh Nagar has nearly 10,000 taxis of which only 1,900 run on CNG.
In Gurgaon, the drivers pointed out that with fewer CNG pumps and the ever-growing number of autorickshaws, a lot of time would be wasted, standing in queues. This, they said, would force them to leave potential customers. The city has only 10 CNG stations and each station can fill around 2,500 cabs in a day.
“Around 4,000 autorickshaws and other thousands of CNG vehicles ply in Gurgaon, which has just 10 CNG stations in Gurgaon. It is impossible for Gurgaon to accommodate another 2,000 or more CNG cabs,” said Rajkumar Sharma, a cab operator.
Though the Haryana City Gas Distribution Ltd (HCGDL) plans to set up another 10 pumps in Gurgaon, the officials agreed that the present number of pumps will not be enough to cater to the new fleet of CNG cabs
Residents said with the SC’s orders and the poor public transport system in Gurgaon, more commuting hurdles will be created.