Amid protests, `polluting` vehicles off Kolkata roads

Buses were damaged in south Kolkata as officials started seizure of 15-yr-old commercial vehicles.

Kolkata: Two government buses were damaged
by unidentified persons in south Kolkata as police and
officials of public vehicles department started seizure of
15-year-old commercial vehicles on Saturday to comply with the
Calcutta High Court order.

Some people damaged the two state transport
corporation-run buses in the Regent Park area, Superintendent
of Police, South 24 Parganas district, Ajay Ranade said.

Kolkata police sources said the seizure process in
the city was totally peaceful elsewhere with police and PVD
officials impounding one auto, three taxis and one private

Commuters had a harrowing time due to lesser number of
vehicles plying on the streets.

The auto owners had called a strike during the day
adding to the woes of the commuters.

The Supreme Court yesterday refused to grant interim
stay on the Calcutta High Court judgement directing the West
Bengal government to phase out from the metropolis commercial
vehicles which were 15-years-old. The SC said it would hear
the bus-owners` petition seeking stay of the High Court order
on next Tuesday.

Bureau Report

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