With the Supreme Court deciding not to extend the April 30 deadline to covert to CNG, around 27,000 diesel-run taxis will be hit hard in the capital. In Noida and Ghaziabad, 12,000 taxis will be off roads.
However, the court’s order won’t apply to taxis with all-India permits, while taxis in Delhi ply locally. Taxis with all-India permits have to cover 200 km, and this will be verified through regular checks.
Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai has asked the transport department to take action against any local diesel taxis seen on the roads on 1 May.
Thousands of commuters were hit hard by the ban as many diesel taxis take people across distances in and around Delhi, including Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad.
A three-judge bench comprising Justice AK Sikri and Justice R Bhanumathi and headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur rejected the plea to shift the deadline. The SC said, “We are not extending the deadline now, especially when there is technology available for conversion.”
Meanwhile, RTO, Ghaziabad, Mayank Jyoti said, “The transport department is yet to get the SC’s copy of the order banning diesel and petrol taxis. We will comply with order once we go through the order.”
Also, assistant RTO (administration), Noida, Rachna Yduvanshi said, “We have nearly 9,000 diesel and petrol taxis registered. We will enforce the SC order and give NoCs to these vehicles and ask them to shift to other cities.”