Ban on registration of diesel cars to continue in Delhi NCR, says Supreme Court

| Monday, May 9, 2016 - 17:15
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Ban on registration of diesel cars to linger

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday observed that the ban on registration of diesel vehicles over the capacity of 2000cc will continue until further notice.

The top court, however, said that it was willing to go easy on the order banning diesel-run all-India tourist permit taxis which ferry BPO employees in Delhi-NCR region.

On December 16 last year, senior advocate Harish Salve recommended all diesel-run taxis be banned from the roads of Delhi NCR unless they convert to CNG. The SC had considered the recommendation and given a deadline of March 1, 2016.

The Delhi government, along with the Centre and Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) then came together and announced that the taxi permits for all diesel taxis will be renews only under one condition – if they switch to a greener CNG option. This had caused massive traffic jams across the city bringing the city almost to a standstill.

The Supreme Court had earlier, on April 30, refused to extend the deadline given to diesel taxis to switch to CNG, and banned the cabs from plying on the Delhi-NCR roads from May 1.

There are around 55,000 diesel-run taxis with all-India permit.

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conversion of diesel vehicles into cng

It is a matter of regret that court is unconcerned of the fact whether the diesel run vehicle can be converted into cng. The specialists have already spoken on the topic that it is not easy to convert diesel run car into cng because the system of diesel run car is different from that of petrol in which case conversion is easy. Under the circumstances the court is not showing any kind of sympathy with the poor diesel car drivers who have owned the vehicle on loan and are under a lot of hardship. What will be the fate of those poor car driver families ?

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