New Delhi: Failing to enforce a ban on Uber cab service three days after announcing it, an embarassed Delhi Government on Wednesday put the onus on Traffic Police to execute the order and ensure the US-based company ceases to operate in the city.
The Delhi government Monday had announced banning Uber with immediate effect following outrage over rape of a 27-year-old woman executive by one of the cabbies of the company.
But despite the ban, Uber refused to cease operation and was continuing with its app-based taxi booking service.
The Transport Department said a it had communicated to Traffic Police to enforce the ban "effectively" and that it does not have resources to stop the company's operation.
"We have asked the Delhi Traffic police to immediately implement the ban on web-based cab services, including Uber, in the national capital," a top Transport Department official told PTI.
The government had also banned all web-based cab booking services which had not taken any regulatory approval from the transport authorities.
"We have written a letter to traffic police to enforce the ban. It is the concerned authority to restrict the services of the web-based operators," the official said.
On the other hand, traffic police said it was the responsibility of the transport department to implement the ban.
"We have not got any letter from transport department. Traffic police is unable to implement such order," said a senior police official.
On December 8, Delhi government had banned web-based cab services, which are not recognised, in the national capital and clarified that only Easy Cab, Mega Cab, Meru Cab, Chanson Cab, Yo Cab and Air Cab are licensed with Transport Department for operation 'Radio Taxi' in the NCT of Delhi.
Delhi Police on Monday had filed an FIR against Uber and charged it of cheating its customers and defying government orders. Uber's executives have also been questioned by police.