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BJP MPs seek Centre's intervention on diesel cab ban by SC


New Delhi, May 3: BJP members in the Lok Sabha today made a strong pitch for Centre's intervention in Supreme Court in the wake of its "diktat" of ban on diesel taxis in Delhi hitting 27,000 families, saying the Kejriwal government has remained "insensitive" to the problem.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Ramesh Bidhuri said the "diktat" by the Supreme Court has come as a bolt from the blue for the taxi operators, some of whom have bought the vehicles only a month ago.

Diesel ban: BJP seeks intervention

He said the agitated taxi operators have been forced to come out on the street, with the Delhi government implementing the Odd Even scheme being "insensitive" to their problems.

He wondered how could the Delhi Chief Minister behave in such a manner despite being an IIT graduate as an IIT study has come to the conclusion that vehicular pollution was only the fifth factor for the state of affairs in Delhi.

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He said pollution caused by the thermal power units and the brick kilns and also waste burning was much more than vehicular polluion. He was supported by several members of the ruling party with thumping of desks.

The Supreme Court had last week refused to extend the April 30 deadline fixed for conversion of diesel cabs into less-polluting CNG mode for plying on city roads, sending off-road thousands of diesel taxis, including those run by aggregators like OLA and Uber.

Hundreds of taxi drivers have been protesting the ban by blocking the National Highway and arterial roads here.


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