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Delhi High Court seeks report on steps taken to ban diesel cabs

On July 29, a single bench of the high court had directed the authorities to ban diesel commercial vehicles from plying on point-to-point basis in Delhi.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
September 19, 2015 3:00:28 am

Alleging that the government and police were “selectively” implementing the ban on diesel taxis operating in the city, a PIL has been filed before the Delhi High Court, seeking the removal of all diesel commercial taxis.

“What is your government doing to implement the ban? How are the diesel cabs still operating,” the court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked the Delhi government.

During the brief hearing, advocate Zeyaul Jaque, appearing for the petitioner, also showed news reports where transport department officials had been quoted as saying that the ban on diesel vehicles was applicable only to radio taxi service Ola, and not for other operators.

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“This statement is incorrect and illegal,” said the lawyer, adding that the single bench decision and the Supreme Court had clearly banned all diesel vehicles. The court has now directed the AAP government to file an affidavit by October 6 on the steps taken to implement the ban.

The PIL, filed by Sandeep Dahiya, alleged that radio taxi services such as Uber were continuing to operate diesel cars on point-to-point basis inside the city, despite court orders.

On July 29, a single bench of the high court had directed the authorities to ban diesel commercial vehicles from plying on point-to-point basis in Delhi, rejecting a plea filed by radio taxi operator Ola cabs. The high court orders followed the directions issued by the Supreme Court in 1999, which had directed that all commercial vehicles plying in the city should be CNG-based.

“It is clear that the respondents are dragging their feet in implementing the orders passed by this Hon’ble Court…” stated the PIL.

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