Firing in Delhi as CNG stir turns ugly
Delhi, April 3: Violence erupted in the Capital with angry commuters
setting ablaze and stoning buses as the ban on plying of non-CNG
carriers forced them to travel on rooftops and trudge long distances
while immobilising nearly 10,000 polluting buses and over 20,000
commuters pelted police with stones, set fire to atleast five
buses and damaged 39 others, frustrated by their inability to
board overcrowded buses which were plying in numbers far below
Delhi’s normal requirements.
over rising public anger, Delhi government has now extended the
time limit for vehicle owners to collect fresh permits till April
15 and allowed them to ply their vehicles on the strength of affidavits
that show they have applied for conversion to CNG mode as directed
by the Supreme Court.
confusion reigning supreme, the Delhi government today first approached
the Supreme Court for extending the time-limit for obtaining fresh
permits but as the apex court deferred the hearing to Wednesday,
the Delhi cabinet on its own extended the time for issuance of
permits till April 15.
media highlighting the woes of commuters on the first two days
of the month, which were holidays, the impact of the court order
hit Delhiites with full fury today as barely 1,000 buses were
on the roads for the millions of travellers dependent on public
a bid to overcome the crisis, some schools in the capital have
closed down for the week.
fired three rounds in the air in Badarpur area of South Delhi
to disperse a mob which resorted to arson and stone throwing,
joint commissioner of police (traffic) Maxwell Pereira told reporters.
least 13 policemen were injured in the stone throwing, he said
adding 73 people had been detained on various charges in connection
with the violence.
said 16 of the arrested were drivers and conductors of blueline
buses, who were trying to hamper traffic.
many as 20 additional companies of police were deployed across
Delhi to prevent violence, he said adding similar steps will be
in force tomorrow as well.
of agitated people assembled at several other places and smashed
window panes of buses and burnt tyres in some areas.
of crowded bus stops, people trekking long distances and commuters
hanging onto the buses and travelling on roof-tops were a common
sight. Police had a tough time in bringing them down keeping in
view their safety.
a bus operators’ union today threatened to keep buses off
the roads tomorrow to protest the “continued apathy”
of the Delhi government.
newly-formed ‘Rashtriya Parivahan Panchayat’, a conglomerate
of four transporters’ organisations, said the strike would
be in force for a day only but if the government failed to meet
its demands it could be converted into an indefinite strike.
have been demanding that the Delhi government exempt all such
operators who have placed orders for their new cng buses from
sales tax, excise duty, road tax and permit fees,” panchayat
convenor ramesh dalal said.
Centre blamed the Delhi government for the ongoing transport crisis
saying the city administration had failed to make a realistic
demand assessment of cng which affected creation of necessary
infrastructure to meet the fuel needs.
Petroleum Minister Ram Naik told reporters that the Delhi government
had made no reliable data available regarding the number of vehicles
that would run on CNG.
the shortage of CNG filling stations, he said adequate arrangements
had been made by the PSUs under his ministry.
that the Centre’s assessment was that Delhi would require
140 filling stations, he said at present, 68 stations and two
more stations are ready for commissioning and 10 more would be
added in the next four months
Profile | Achievements | Awards||
|| Press Clipping | Publications
| Photo Gallery ||
Book | E-mail |