Though the State Transport Authority (STA) is working head over heads to make the city diesel auto free, but the problem has not been solved as yet. It has been more than 6 months since the STA started giving financial assistance to the auto owners for replacing diesel autos with LPG and CNG, but still smoke emitting diesel autos can be seen plying on city roads. The financial assistance policy, that had a deadline of December 31, 2017 for replacing all the diesel run autos has now been extended to January 31, 2018.
It is notable to mention that, under the scheme, owners of diesel-run autos are being given subsidy of Rs 30,000 for replacing their autos with LPG or CNG-run autos. There are more than 100 diesel run autos that are still to be replaced with CNG. Though STA has already banned the registration of new diesel-run autos, the problem of autos coming from the neighbouring states still continues.
Ramesh Singh, an auto driver who has recently shifted from Diesel auto to CNG based auto asserted that the new scheme by the STA is undoubtedly better and the auto drivers are deliberately shifting from Diesel to CNG but lack of CNG stations in Chandigarh are adding troubles to the functioning of Autos. He further held that if you have to get your vehicle filled you have to wait for quite a long time a there are long queues due to lack of CNG stations. He further asserted that this inconvenience leads to wastage of time. He further claimed that the Ola and Uber cabs have already swiped their business; lack of CNG stations is adding fuel to the fire.