The implementation of the Supreme Court ban on diesel cars resulted in chaos on the streets of Delhi, with messy traffic snarls and soaring temperatures of 44 degrees, as angry cabbies hit the streets to protest against the ínjustice meted out to them.
Office-goers were stuck for a while on the arterial Ring Road, at Maharani Bagh, Ashram Chowk near the Noida-Delhi border, in Dhaulakuan, Kapashera, and Mehrauli. Later as traffic diverted, long lines of cars piled up at Sarai Kale Khan, Lajpat Nagar, Moolchand, Mathura Road, and Defense Colony.
Several protesting cabbies alleged that the police were harassing many cabs with an All India Tourist Permit, which were exempted in the Supreme Court order. Eventually, in the evening, after an emergency meeting with environment minister Prakash Javadekar, transport minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the government will appeal to the SC to rethink its decision.
On Sunday, 182 challans were fined for cabs violating the SC diktat, informed the joint commissioner of police. The SC order affects over 30,000 cabs. Taxi aggregator services like Ola and Uber, both responded by saying that they now run on a fully-CNG compliant fleet.