Issue Date: Nov 30, 1996
Over the last three months, nearly 10,000 auto-rickshaws have been taken off the roads of Ahmedabad, ostensibly to check pollution within the city. As a result, many auto-rickshaw drivers were rendered jobless and have remained so till date. According to civic authorities, the impounded auto-rickshaws used to mix kerosene with petrol to cut down on fuel expenditure. The emission resulting from the burning of the mixture had a remarkably high percentage of carbon monoxide, raising the pollution level of the city to a large extent.