Cen­tre, Delhi govt un­der EPCA scan­ner for hir­ing diesel cars

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - HT Correspondent htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

NEWDELHI:The Supreme Court-ap­pointed En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion (Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol) Au­thor­ity (EPCA) on Fri­day said that both the Cen­tre and Delhi gov­ern­ment are hir­ing pri­vate diesel cars and us­ing them as taxis for com­mut­ing within Delhi -NCR, flout­ing or­ders.

“It has been brought to our no­tice that the Union and Delhi gov­ern­ment are us­ing pri­vate diesel cars as taxis for com­mut­ing within Delhi-NCR. This is in con­tra­ven­tion of the Supreme Court or­der, which clearly says that all taxis will have to op­er­ate on du­al­fuel or run purely on CNG or petrol,” said Su­nita Narain, mem­ber of EPCA.

In May this year, the apex court had said that no new diesel taxis will be reg­is­tered in Delhi. All regis­tra­tion of city taxis shall only be per­mit­ted if the ve­hi­cles op­er­ate on dual-fuel, or purely CNG or petrol.

More than 25,000 such ve­hi­cles are be­ing hired by the Union gov­ern­ment, Delhi gov­ern­ment and pub­lic sec­tor units, an EPCA mem­ber said. Narain said she would soon write to both the Union and state gov­ern­ment to raise the is­sue.

How­ever, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said it will not be fea­si­ble for the gov­ern­ment to shift to 100% CNG ve­hi­cles, as many ve­hi­cles often need to move out of NCR where CNG in­fra­struc­ture is still ab­sent or in a rudi­men­tary stage. The cab aggregators op­er­at­ing in Delhi-NCR in­formed the SC-ap­pointed body that less than 2% of their ve­hi­cles are presently run­ning on diesel.

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■ In the meet­ing to take stalk of pol­lu­tion in Delhi-NCR on Fri­day, it was sug­gested that EPCA di­rect the gov­ern­ments that only CNG ve­hi­cles are hired.

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