The Supreme Court on Saturday declined the plea to extend the deadline for the conversion of diesel-run taxis into CNG. The court said from May 1, no diesel-run taxi can ply in Delhi region.  Also, while hearing the plea, the court said the deadline had been extended twice, first till March 31 and then to April 30.

After a number of cab operators and their associations urged the court for an extension of the deadline, the court’s bench declined the request.

The court said it will not going to extend any further the deadline as there have been already two extensions given and the drivers should have decided alternatives till now.

The apex court had initially asked diesel cab operators in the National Capital Region to switch over to CNG by March 1.  Later, the deadline was extended to March 31 and then to April 30.

The order further stated the ban on registration of diesel vehicles will also continue till further order from the court.

The hearing was adjourned on the matter related to steps to be taken to curb increase in air pollution in Delhi until May 9.

The court, however, allowed Delhi Police and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to register new diesel-run vehicles but within an engine capacity of 2000 cc and above for transportation of prisoners, arms and ammunition and water supply.

The court told the Delhi Police that they have to pay 30 per cent of the real value of the vehicle to be purchased by it, as Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) or green cess as a pre-condition for their registration with the transport department. However, the DJB has been given exemption from paying the green cess on the ground that around 250 water tankers would be supplying water to the citizens of the city.

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