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The Straits Times
JULY 30, 2001
Delhi fuel change hurts rickshaw drivers
Many owners complain that although the Indian government wants them to
switch to natural gas for cleaner air, there are just too few filling
By Nirmal Ghosh
NEW DELHI - A. K. Massey, 55, perspiring on a sultry monsoon afternoon on a
polluted Delhi street, pushes his auto rickshaw a few feet forward in the
long line of vehicles inching towards a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling
For Mr Massey and his compatriots, four-hour waits every other day in queues
has become a fact of life, and it costs them between 100 and 400 rupees (S$4
and S$16) a day.
They are paying the price for a cleaner city, but they blame the government
squarely for the pain it entails.
New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, is sweating under a
Supreme Court-imposed deadline for the conversion of its entire public
transport fleet to CNG fuel by September.
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