New Delhi: Commuters faced difficulties in reaching their destinations on Thursday as several private buses, taxis and autorickshaws remained off the roads due to a strike called by the UFTA against the amended Motor Vehicle Act provisions.Many schools in the national capital remained closed due to the strike while some asked parents to make their own arrangements to pick up and drop their wards. The services of Delhi Metro, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses remained unaffected. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkUnited Front of Transport Associations (UFTA) general secretary Shyamlal Gola said over 50 transport associations and unions in Delhi-NCR were taking part in the strike. The UFTA is demanding the withdrawal of the steep hike in road traffic penalties and certain other provisions of the new MV Act. Rajender Soni, general secretary Delhi-auto Rickshaw Union said the national capital has over 50 small and big auto unions and the majority of them took part in the strike. Delhi has over 90,000 autos.
New Delhi: An ambulance rammed into a stationary truck on the DND flyway in the early hours of Friday, killing a man and a two-year old boy, who was being taken to the Safdarjung hospital, officials said. Four persons were also injured in the incident which took place near the DND toll tax booth at around 3.15 am, they said. The deceased have been identified as Sunil Kumar (30) and Saurabh (2). Police said Suresh (35), his wife Manno (32) and four-year-old child Shubham (4) and the ambulance driver – Vipin (25) sustained serious injuries and were first rushed to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital after which they were referred to the AIIMS Trauma centre. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The two-year-old child was sick and was being taken from Noida to the Safdarjung hospital for treatment when the incident took place, a senior police official said. According to the ambulance driver and another witness, the truck was stopped by a transport enforcement team after crossing DND toll. After the accident both the truck driver and the team fled the spot, the officer said. A case has been registered and efforts are on to nab the accused, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said. Delhi Fire Service said they received a call at about 3.40 am after which two fire tenders were rushed for rescue operation. The ambulance technician Sunil Kumar succumbed to injuries at the Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital while the two-year-old child was also declared brought dead, the officer added.