The Ghaziabad regional transport department, comprising districts of Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Hapur and Bulandshahr, has started issuing notices to diesel cab owners, informing them about the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on such taxis. The apex court banned diesel taxis in Delhi-NCR to curb pollution.
“We have started the process of sending notices in compliance of the court order. A meeting of the environment pollution (prevention and control) committee (EPCA) was also held in Delhi to discuss steps to be taken in this regard,” said Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer.
According to records of the department, the four districts of Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Hapur and Bulandshahr have 3,295, 6,170, 265 and 739 diesel cabs, respectively, operating in NCR.
All together, the four districts have nearly 14,500 cabs. Of these, nearly 10,469 are run on diesel. The others run on petrol and CNG.
The transport department had earlier issued an order that only CNG vehicles will be registered under the NCR taxi scheme. The move followed recommendations by the EPCA committee in February.
“We will seek directions from the EPCA committee about the recent Supreme Court direction for a ban on diesel taxis in NCR,” Jyoti said.
The department had also issued an order that taxis in the region with all-India permits will have to submit an affidavit that either their pickup or drop point will be outside NCR. The decision was taken as a number of all-India permit holders were mostly operating in NCR and flouting the permit conditions.
Diesel taxi drivers blocked the Delhi Noida Delhi (DND) flyway over the past two days against the Supreme Court order, which resulted in long jams.