Union Minister Nitin Gadkari convened an emergency meeting with Prakash Javadekar and Anant Geete on diesel taxi ban.
The city groaned under traffic woes on Monday as hundreds of cab drivers blocked National Highway 8 and ring road, protesting against action by enforcement agencies following the Supreme Court’s decision to ban diesel taxis in Delhi.
In the early hours, a group of protesters blocked both carriageways near the Rajokri toll booth on National Highway 8, which led to a long tailback stretching over a kilometer in the area, traffic officials said.
The situation turned worse at around 11.30 AM when the protesters blocked both carriageways on the Ring Road stretch at Maharani Bagh, close to Ashram Chowk.
In no time, traffic was thrown out-of-gear in Dhaulakuan, Kapashera and Mehrauli, and the chaos continued for hours.
The congestion largely affected thousands of office-goers who travel between Delhi and Gurgaon, linked by NH-8, and the traffic helpline was bombarded with calls from distressed commuters, officials said.
(With PTI inputs)