Delhi-Gurgaon route sees major traffic snarl as diesel taxi drivers protest CNG decision

New Delhi: Protesting against a Supreme Court decision to ban diesel taxis in the national capital, cab drivers, on Monday, locked traffic in Delhi's border areas, connecting Gurgaon and Noida.

"The taxi drivers on Monday morning blocked both the carriageways on Rajokri flyover, near the old Delhi toll booth on Gurgaon to Dhaula Kuan Road," a traffic police official told IANS.

The blockage eventually led to a massive traffic snarl on the Delhi-Gurgaon route with vehicles lined up one behind another for up to 1 km, an official said.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

Several commuters had a harrowing time as they rushed to reach their offices, as the drivers also blocked traffic on the Noida side of the Delhi Noida Direct (DND) flyway leading to a massive congestion.

"Private commercial vehicle drivers obstructed the traffic just after the Delhi-Noida expressway leading to heavy traffic," a DND official told IANS. "Now the obstruction has been cleared," he added.

The apex court on Saturday had refused to give more time to taxi operators to switch to the cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG) and banned the diesel-based taxis to run in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) from 1 May.

The deadline for the change was extended twice.

Updated Date: May 02, 2016 11:30 AM

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