Supreme Court asks Centre to bring Long- term action plan against pollution, before claiming ban lifting on diesel cabs

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New Delhi: Today, when the Central Government and also Delhi Government along with the Car Manufacturer and Taxi Operators re- appeared before honourable Supreme Court of India clamouring for easing of the Ban completely on the Diesel taxies in the Delhi and National Capital Region- NCR, the Court asked them to submit a Long- Term action plan on curbing the environmental Pollution.

While claiming for the such long- term plan, the Apex Court’s bench comprising of the Chief Justice of India- T. S. Thakur  and also Justice- A. K. Sikri and Justice- R. Banumathi found also asking the Solicitor General- Ranjit Kumar who was representing the Central Government in the Court, that “what have you done so far? Your rules are all fine. But you have done nothing to enforce them. What directions have you issued so far to check pollution?”

The said Solicitor General- Ranjit was trying to argue on the need to easy the said ban on the diesel vehicles in the State, however, the Supreme Court appeared again firm on its stand. It was seen in the earlier orders, the Top court had earlier given a final chance to the non- CNG taxi operators to switch their taxies to CNG by the last day of last month. And such order has strict effect, as about forty thousands of the cabs were off the road from first day of May in Delhi and NCR.

The Top court, which has adopted this strict view against the playing of the diesels vehicles in the areas, had shown its concerns towards the environmental issues. As such, though the Solicitor General tried a lot to change the mind of Top Court, by placing references to the Prime Minister’s Make in India initiative, and to the data which is showing that the pollution was not caused by vehicles, the top court remain firm on its earlier decision.

However, the Chief Justice of India found stated that though there may be more than on devil which is contributing to the pollution, the contribution of vehicular pollution could not be ignored.

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