The Supreme Court has extended the deadline for private cab aggregators to switch to CNG vehicles. Earlier, court had imposed a ban on plying diesel cabs in Delhi from April 1.
Now cab-aggregators have a month’s time to switch to CNG from diesel. The ban posed a major threat to the cab-aggregators in the city.
Earlier this month reports surfaced that Ola planned to expand the fleet of CNG cars by spending $30 Mn for adopting CNG cabs in Delhi-NCR. The move came after Delhi High Court, directed Ola, Uber and radio taxis’ association to give details, including registration numbers, of those cabs which they intend to phase out by March 31 as per the Supreme Court’s order.
Deep Singh, Business Head, North at Ola said “Ola has been working relentlessly over the last month to help diesel taxi owners across Delhi NCR by highlighting their plight to the EPCA as well as the relevant Govt authorities. We are happy that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has considered their constraints.”
On the other hand, Uber officials claim that they have taken measures to comply with the court order. It claims to have added over 11,000 CNG vehicles in its fleet since October 2015.
Gagan Bhatia, General Manager, Uber North said, “Complying with the Court’s order regarding CNG cars, Uber Delhi connects riders on its platform to only CNG fuelled cars for trips within Delhi. Since October 2015, we have extensively pushed the adoption of CNG cars through significant measures and investments.”