Taxi owners warn of suicides as diesel and petrol cabs go off Delhi roads

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The Supreme Court’s ban on plying of diesel and petrol driven taxis in Delhi kicked in on Sunday.

However, three taxi owners have warned the ban will prompt them to commit suicides.

Vehicles sit in traffic on a road shrouded in haze in New Delhi, India, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. India, China and Brazil, three of the largest developing nations, joined the U.S. in a list of the biggest historical contributors to global warming, according to a study by researchers in Canada. Photographer: Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

Terming the apex court’s decision tyrannical, the taxi operators, according to IANS, said that if the decision was not changed then it will lead many of them to commit suicide.

According to an estimate, over 27,000 taxis run on diesel alone in Delhi.

“I have cancelled 17 bookings since morning as most of my taxis are run on diesel. I have only five taxis run by CNG. We do not understand why the court and Government come up with such decisions?” S. Kumar, owner of Kumar Taxi Services in central Delhi, told IANS.

The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to give more time to taxi operators to switch to the cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG). The deadline for the change, which had been extended twice, was Saturday.

Another transporter, who did not wished to be named, told IANS: “The order would have at least made sense if it was applicable to diesel taxis after their ongoing permit got over. That would have at least given some time to the operators to arrange for alternate taxis. But now we are all ruined.”

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