Protest against diesel taxi ban, traffic blocks

New Delhi: Cab drivers blocked traffic in west Delhi’s Rajokri area on Monday against Supreme Court’s decision to ban diesel taxis in the national capital.

The protest results the blockage near Rajokri area, which obstructed traffic in both the carriageways from Dhaula Kuan to Gurgaon.

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“The taxi drivers on Monday morning blocked both the carraigeways on Rajokri flyover near the old Delhi toll booth on Gurgaon to Dhaula Kuan road,” a traffic police said.

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

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