SC upholds order on diesel vehicles, bans entry of heavy vehicles in Delhi from 4 more entry points

Supreme Court of India

New Delhi, Jan 5: The Supreme Court on Tuesday came out with harsh measures including specifying four more entry points through which no heavy commercial vehicle, unless bound for Delhi, will be allowed entry.

According to reports, the apex court bench said: “We are not concerned with any other aspect. We are only concerned with the environment.”

The bench ordered “we direct that no heavy commercial vehicles, except those which are bound for Delhi, shall be allowed to enter through entry points at national highway 2, 10, 58 and state highway 57.”

Earlier on December 16, the court had restricted the entry of commercial vehicles into Delhi from NH-8 which connects Jaipur to Delhi and NH-1 that connects the states of Punjab, Haryana and other northern states to Delhi via Kundli border.

The bench, which also sought a report in three weeks, directed the Centre, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, national highways authority of India and MCD to implement its directions and ensure that no inconvenience is caused to the public.

Refusing to change its order asking all NCR taxis to convert to CNG by March 31, the bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justices AK Sikri and R Banumathi sought response from the centre as to whether it can leapfrog by replacing the existing bharat stage (BS)-IV emission norms by BS-VI straightaway by 2017.

It also said that BS-VI will bring the country under the ambit of the tighter pollution control standard.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, representing the Centre, said it would be difficult as it would need upgradation of refineries and moreover, the government has decided to implement BS-IV emission norms in the entire country from April 2017.

The bench clarified that its earlier order banning registration of diesel vehicles would not come in the way of issuing no-objection certificates for 10-year-old diesel vehicles for the purpose of owners
to sell them outside the NCR region and the same would apply for over 15-year-old petrol vehicles as well.

The court, which will again hear the matter on January 20, also did not spare the central government and asked it about its plans and willingness to phase out 5-10 year old diesel vehicles.

The bench, while scrutinising implementation of its earlier directions, asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), to consider increasing frequency of trains to meet the extra rush of passengers due to the implementation of Delhi Government’s Odd-Even scheme.

The court also directed 100 per cent hike in Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) being levied on light and heavy commercial vehicles entering Delhi.

It had directed that “all taxis including those operating under aggregators like OLA and UBER in the NCT of Delhi, plying under city permits shall move to CNG not later than March one, 2016.”

The court was hearing various pleas including a 1984 PIL filed by environmentalist M C Mehta on the issue.

(With PTI Inputs)

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