New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed diesel taxis with all India permit to operate in the national capital and its surrounding areas till their permit expires.
However, the court asked the Delhi government, the Environment Pollution Control Authority and the taxi owners association to give a concrete road map for phasing out diesel taxis from the NCR.
The development comes days after the Centre told the Supreme Court that a blanket ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi will affect the government’s ‘Make In India Policy’ and affect the country’s economy.
The Centre had also told court that there was no justification in imposing the ban on diesel cars in Delhi, as there were several factors causing the pollution. The apex Court had banned the registration of diesel vehicles over 2000 cc engine capacity.
The Centre, the Delhi government, trade body Nasscom and some private car manufacturers wanted an extension to the April 30 deadline for phasing out diesel cabs from the city. An organisation representing drivers have said it will affect nearly 30,000 drivers and their families.
On May 3, the Delhi Government had moved the top court, seeking time to phase out diesel taxis, citing law and order problem and the inconvenience to the people.
According to Nasscom, if the ban is not revoked, it will affect the $25 billion industry in the country out of which the Delhi NCR regions contributes $5 billion.