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The Supreme Court has now allowed the Delhi government to issue permits to 4261 electric autos. SC also dismissed the petition of Bajaj Auto of discriminating against CNG-operated autos. CNG auto also causes pollution with a carbon footprint.
The decision was taken by Justices B R Gavai, B V Nagarathna, and L Nageswara Rao who added that this decision is to promote cleaner fuel and permit the registration of e-autos which doesn’t violate any rights.
According to Bajaj Auto, all of their autos are BS-VI compliant vehicles that have improved the emission level up to 90% when compared with BS-I vehicles, and the Delhi government should not adopt any discriminatory policy.
But the decision was taken by the Delhi government to encourage the use of EVs under its EV Policy 2020.
The bench said, “Residents are suffering from air pollution. Undoubtedly a part of it is attributed to vehicles. Even though CNG autos are BS-VI compliant, there is still some carbon emission. We do not agree that fundamental rights of the manufacturer are being violated by the decision”.
“All the concerns expressed by the SC in 1997 with respect to polluting TSRs (Three Seater Auto Rickshaw) have come to be fully addressed by ensuring the adoption of clean fuel technologies in both the existing autorickshaws then plying on Delhi roads (through their mandatory conversion to CNG or other clean fuels) and also through new norms for subsequently-introduced autorickshaws (which only adopted CNG/LPG). Therefore, there was no bar against the issuance of any number of new permits to TSRs running on CNG/other clean fuels,” the company said in its petition.