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Updated January 2nd, 2024 at 17:05 IST

Transporters' Protest Paralyzes Noida over New Hit-and-Run Law

In Noida, the protests have resulted in a Chakka Jaam (roadblock), causing significant disruptions on NCR highways.

Harsha Chandwani
 In Noida, the protests have resulted in a Chakka Jaam (roadblock), causing significant disruptions on NCR highways
In Noida, the protests have resulted in a Chakka Jaam (roadblock), causing significant disruptions on NCR highways | Image:Republic

 

New Delhi: Nationwide protests have erupted in the new year against the recently implemented Hit-and-Run law, with transporters and drivers staging demonstrations across the country. In Noida, the protests have resulted in a Chakka Jaam (roadblock), causing significant disruptions on NCR highways. Roadways buses have come to a halt, and drivers have been instructed to stop their vehicles, leading to congestion from DND highway to Botanical Garden depot, Morna bus depot, and Transport Nagar.

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Republic's exclusive report from NCR featured visuals of truck drivers, cab drivers, and roadways bus drivers sitting on the roads, expressing their discontent. The protesters asserted that their demonstrations would continue until January 10, labeling the new law as a "Black Law" and emphasizing the lack of consideration for the hardships faced by drivers.

Bablu Pawar, owner of Chaudhary and Sons Transport Company, expressed frustration, stating that the new law was unjust to transporters. He highlighted the challenges faced by drivers, including the fear of retaliation from both locals and the police if they stop at an accident spot. Pawar called attention to the stringent rules and the difficulties drivers face, advocating for the authorities to consider the drivers' perspective.

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Omi Pradhan, owner of Mavi Transport, outlined the protesters' demands, seeking the repeal of the Hit-and-Run laws or government compensation of Rs 20,000 to the families of arrested drivers. Pradhan urged the government to engage in dialogue with transporters before implementing laws directly affecting drivers.

The protests have left commuters stranded, with one family expressing concerns over transportation disruptions. The commuters were stuck at Morna depot in Noida, facing challenges in reaching Gurgaon. They lamented the unavailability of buses and the exploitation by auto-rickshaws charging exorbitant fares. The commuters criticized the impact on their daily routines and the lack of feasible transportation alternatives during the protests.

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Published January 2nd, 2024 at 17:05 IST

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