Delhi Government on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its last year’s order to make the norms easier for registration of 110 diesel-run ambulances with engine capacity beyond 2000 cc.
The application is likely to come up for hearing before the apex court later. The Delhi government made the plea to the apex court to hear the matter, as earlier too, the court had modified its December 16, 2015 order to address the exigencies faced by different departments and security agencies.
Diesel-run sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and high-end private cars with engine capacity of 2000 cc and above were prohibited by the apex court from registration in Delhi and the National Capital Region till March 31 this year in order to curb the alarming rise in pollution levels.
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It had also directed 100 per cent hike in the Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) being levied on light and heavy commercial vehicles entering Delhi and had said its directions were aimed at mitigating the hardship of residents of Delhi “that has earned to it the dubious reputation of being the most polluted city in the world.”
The bench had doubled the ECC being levied on light duty vehicles and three-axle vehicles for entering Delhi. Now, light duty vehicles, carrying goods, will have to pay Rs 1400, instead of 700 and three-axle vehicles Rs 2,600, instead of 1,300 as ECC for entering Delhi.
The court, hearing various pleas including the 1984 PIL filed by Environmentalist M C Mehta, had asked the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to take steps “to ensure that commercial traffic for destinations other than Delhi use alternative routes and to ensure that in the course of implementation of the said direction, no traffic jams and other inconvenience is caused to the public.”
It had also asked the city government to “issue advertisements to inform commercial traffic of the bypass routes and the imposition of the ECC imposed by this court for entry of the vehicles into Delhi.”