Around Delhi-NCR in 80 days: Twitter erupts over diesel ban protests
Twitter users seethed in anger after Delhi was cut off from NCR for more than two hours on Monday morning because of traffic snarls caused by taxi drivers protesting against the ban.delhi Updated: May 02, 2016 12:10 IST
The Supreme Court banned plying of diesel taxis in New Delhi and NCR with effect from May 2.
Twitter users seethed in anger after the national capital was cut off from NCR for more than two hours on Monday morning because of traffic snarls caused by taxi drivers protesting against the ban.
The Delhi traffic police took to Twitter to caution commuters about the jam on the Delhi-Gurgaon border.
Obstruction in traffic in both carriageways from Dhaula Kuan towards Gurgaon due to demonstration by taxi drivers near Rajokari Border.— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) 2 May 2016
Thousands of commuters were forced to endure long tailbacks on the Delhi-NCR border, from as early as eight in the morning.
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
With no end in sight, people took to Twitter to vent out their frustration with pictures and videos.
Around Delhi-Gurgaon in 80 days. Stuck in traffic for the past 2 hours #Gurgaon— Neha Gupta (@nehagupta2918) 2 May 2016
Vaibhav Aggarwal, a victim of the jam, missed his flight.
Major traffic obstructions were also reported from Akshardham, Mayur Vihar-2, Sarai Kale Khan, Ashram intersection, Subroto Park, Palam Airport Road and Rao Tula Ram Marg in New Delhi.
Senior traffic officials said that maximum deployment was made around borders, to stop the diesel-run taxis from entering the city. “Our focus was to stop any diesel-run cab from entering the city. Over the day we will divert our deployment within the city,” a senior traffic official said.
Stuck in the great-Monday-Gurgaon-jam.— Megha (@Omeghaa_) 2 May 2016
Getting cabs and autos through aggregator services was also challenging on Monday morning. Services such as Ola and Uber hardly had any cabs or autos available during the morning peak hours. Some even issued advisories to others.
Bobins V Abraham was thankful it was his day-off from work.