A day after Mohali-based drivers of diesel autorickshaws protested against the ban on diesel autos in Chandigarh, they were joined by auto drivers from Panchkula Wednesday. Together they led a protest in Sector 5.
Over 400 auto drivers highlighted that the ban had affected their revenue generation as they now had to drop passengers on the Panchkula-Chandigarh border. Due to this, fewer people are commuting by diesel autos.
“UT Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki had assured us that he would address the issue after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. But, no step has been taken so far. Diesel autos were allowed to enter Chandigarh on the day of the PM’s visit, but the police have started imposing challans now,”said Raj Kumar Chawla, president of the autorickshaw drivers’ union.
“We have all the relevant documents, including the Pollution Under Control Certificate. The traffic police can verify the documents, and allow us to ply in the city. We are all also concerned about air pollution, but banning diesel autos is not the solution to reduce it,” said Suresh, an auto driver.
The drivers said that they would continue to protest till the Chandigarh Administration took appropriate action. Later in the afternoon, the protesters met DCP, Panchkula, Anil Dhawan.