Panel to survey if CNG, petrol road sweeping vehicles

Panel to survey if CNG, petrol road sweeping vehicles
Panel to survey if CNG, petrol road sweeping vehicles

The National Green Tribunal today directed the Chief Secretary of Delhi to form a committee of all the three municipal corporations to conduct market survey on availability of CNG and petrol road sweeping machines.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the committee to examine the matter raised by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) which sought permission to purchase diesel-run road sweeping machines having engine capacity of over 2000 CC.

SDMC sought tribunal’s permission to purchase the diesel vehicles saying that CNG and petrol-operated machines were not available in the market.

Disposing of the plea, the tribunal said, “The committee will conduct or get conducted market survey whether road sweeping machines are available in CNG or petrol or not.”

If such CNG or petrol-run machines are not available, the Delhi government will direct purchase of these machines for road sweeping and other related purposes, the bench said.

“If the answer is affirmative, then efforts will be made to purchase preferably CNG and then petrol vehicles instead of diesel,” it said.

The green panel also said the work should be done expeditiously and thereafter, directed the transport department of Delhi government to register the vehicles.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Vardhaman Kaushik over worsening air quality in Delhi.

( Source – PTI )

SC asks states to respond on speed governors in govt vehicles

SC asks states to respond on speed governors in govt vehicles
SC asks states to respond on speed governors in govt vehicles

The Supreme Court today chastised several states for not filing their responses on a PIL seeking installation of speed governors in public transport vehicles.

A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud also asked the transport secretaries of states like Delhi and Bihar to appear in person with relevant records on the next date of hearing of the PIL.

The bench said the states, which have been served with the notice, were not filing their responses on the matter.

States like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Tripura, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh have not filed their replies.

The bench was hearing the PIL filed by NGO Suraksha Foundation on the issue of installation of speed governors in public transport vehicles.

( Source – PTI )

Vehicles entering Delhi to pay environment charge from Nov: SC

Vehicles entering Delhi to pay environment charge from Nov: SC
Vehicles entering Delhi to pay environment charge from Nov: SC

Light duty vehicles would have to pay Rs 700 and three-axle vehicles Rs 1,300 for entering Delhi in addition to the toll tax from November 1, with the Supreme Court today imposing the ‘Environment Compensation Charge’ in a bid to check high pollution levels in the city.

The apex court’s order, which will remain in force for four months on a trial basis, directed the Delhi Government to issue appropriate notification in this regard.

The charges would be payable at the rates of Rs 700 for light duty vehicles and two-axle vehicles and Rs 1,300 for three-axle and above.

It made it clear that these charges would be operative for four months from November 1 till February 29, 2016 on an “experimental basis”. To review the mechanism, the bench posted the matter for further consideration in the third week of February.

Nullifying the October 7 order of the National Green Tribunal on the same issue, the apex court made it clear that “this order will override any order to the contrary by any authority.”

“Amicus curiae Harish Salve, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar and Dushyant Dave, senior counsel appearing for the Government of NCT Delhi have jointly suggested that the environment compensation charge ought to be imposed by the Delhi government…

“On due consideration, we do not see any reason not to accept the above suggestion. Accordingly, we approve the suggested arrangements,” a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said.

The bench, which also included justices Arun Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goel, however, said that passenger buses, vehicles carrying essential commodities, food articles and ambulances would be exempted from paying the ‘environment compensation charge’.

“The charge will be collected by the toll operators without any deduction and handed over to the Delhi Government on every Friday. The Delhi Government shall furnish accounts of the receipts and the expenditure incurred to Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control)) Authority and to this Court each quarter,” the bench said.

Taking note of Centre for Science and Environment study that about 23 per cent of the commercial vehicles and 40-60 per cent of the heavy trucks entering the city were not destined for Delhi, the court said it was necessary to impose the charges, along with the MCD toll, to equalize the difference in cost in travelling through alternative routes.

( Source – PTI )