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Ola cabs can only run CNG vehicles in Delhi: Delhi HC

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Ola cabs, an app-based taxi service has been directed by the Delhi High Court on Thursday to only run Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel-based vehicles in the national capital.

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Congress leader and senior lawyer P. Chidambaram represented ANI technologies (Ola cabs) in the high court, and promised that diesel-based vehicles of the taxi service will be taken off the roads within two weeks.

Respecting the court’s order, Ola Cabs on Thursday said: “We respect the orders and will continue to be committed to building mobility for a billion people.

“We have introduced a technology that will help distinguish CNG and diesel vehicles on its app, which will help the company keep track of the drivers’ compliance with the cleaner fuel norms in Delhi. It will also enable users to choose only CNG vehicles for usage within Delhi.

Meanwhile, another leading player, Meru Cab service has also introduced a new ride-sharing service, named “Car Pool” for its customers across India.

In a release, Meru Cabs CEO Siddhartha Pahwa said that the service will enable personal vehicle owners and city commuters to reduce their daily travel costs, get an opportunity to meet new people and simplify their commute in a safe and secure environment.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Delhi HC asks TRAI if compensation is the only solution for call drops

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) whether its order making it mandatory for cellular operators to compensate subscribers for call drops was the “only solution” to reduce call drops.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked if the sector regulator if it had considered all the objections raised by the telecom operators before passing the October 16 order.

The objection of the service provider does not reflect on the measures taken. Where is the application of mind? Was it the only solution?” the bench asked as it heard the plea of telecom operators for a stay on TRAI’s compensation policy for call drops, under which a rupee will be credited to the mobile users’ account for every call drop (restricted to three per day) starting January 1, 2016.

Earlier, TRAI had told the court that it will not take coercive steps against telecom companies for not complying with the call drop compensation norms till January 6.

On Thursday, the court did not pass any interim order saying if service providers begin compensating consumers for call drops as, per the new TRAI regulations, it won’t be possible to recover them if the rule was set aside in future.

Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha, appearing for TRAI, said the order was taken after consumers began getting regular call drops. He said the telecom companies have not made enough investment on technology and infrastructure which could prevent call drops.

In the first quarter of 2015, about 25,787 crore outgoing call were made, out of which in 200 crore cases of call drops were encountered by consumers. This is 0.77 percent of all call made, Narasimha told the court adding that service provider made about Rs.36,781 crore during the period.

He further clarified that call drop compensation is applicable only when it has occurred from the call originator’s network.

We treated the compensation as a nominal penalty so that they fall in line. That’s why we kept it at only three calls. But consumers are asking to be compensated for all call drops,

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the telecom operators, argued that under the Quality of Service regulations, two percent of call drops are exempted. He also said that most cases of call drops were not because of the fault of the service providers as they have been facing difficulties in setting up new towers due to opposition from various fronts.(IANS)(Picture Courtesy: www.topnews.in)

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Meru Cabs to help curb pollution, launches ‘ride-share’

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New Delhi: Doing its bit to control air pollution, Meru Cabs announced on Tuesday a new service through which passengers can share their cabs ride with others.

The customers will be provided with an option of sharing their Meru cabs ride with other co-passenger who intends to travel in the same direction.

A fixed 30 percent discount on the estimated trip fare would be applicable for the customers who chose the “ride-share” option, the taxi company said. Customers will be charged a fixed fare, which will be communicated to them before booking.

The “ride-share” services were launched keeping in view the issue of traffic congestion and escalating pollution in the national capital and its adjoining areas, said the company.

“By choosing to share your personal vehicle with others or sharing a CNG-fuelled Meru cab by Ride Share, citizens can now contribute to solving the city’s travel woes,” Meru Cabs Group CEO Siddhartha Pahwa said.

The company has also introduced ‘Meru’s ICE (In Case of Emergency) feature’, which allows passengers to share details of their location with registered emergency contacts. (IANS)

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Minimise air pollution in Delhi by strictly implementing laws: HC

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday, observing that air pollution in Delhi is of an “emergency nature”, asked all authorities here to ensure that all rules are implemented to minimise the pollution level.

A division bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said: “It is their (authorities) prime duty to ensure all rules are followed because the situation that has arisen today is of emergency nature.”

Further observing, that there are rules and acts to ensure maintenance of air quality levels but authorities have not done their work, the bench asked them to follow the rules.

Taking note that the pollution level has gone up on a year to year basis, the court asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to analyse the data available from 2011 onwards and provide the court a monthly average chart of each pollutant.

It has also been asked to give a weekly chart of the pollutants during the months from October to February for all the years from 2011 to 2015.

DPCC has also been asked to furnish details of action taken by it against any violations in the last five years.

On the rising levels of landfill sites in Delhi which handle 8,500 metric tonnes of waste generated by the city each day, the court said that the solid waste management rules were not implemented in Delhi.

“Himalayan range is developing in Delhi,” remarked the bench, as it posted the matter for January 14, 2016.

The court was hearing a PIL seeking measures to control increasing air pollution in the national capital.(IANS)