Apex court bats for public transport in NCR

The Supreme Court on Monday favoured strengthening public transport system in the national capital and sought Union government’s response on a plea seeking imposition of special environment compensation charge on all privately-owned petrol as well as diesel cars here in order to check rising pollution.

A three-judge forest bench led by Justice Aftab Alam also issued notice to the centre on another application filed by senior advocate Harish Salve who also sought direction for expediting construction of expressways to provide alternative routes to heavy vehicles to bypass the city. Appearing as amicus curiae, Salve submitted that Delhi was adding roughly 1400 personal vehicles everyday and though each new generation of vehicles had been using cleaner fuel, the impact continues to be worst given their alarming numbers.

He wanted direction to levy annually an environment compensation charge amounting to two per cent of the purchase value of a petrol-fuelled car and four per cent of the purchase value of a diesel car on all existing vehicles in the national capital region.
DH News Service

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