Gujarat high court on Wednesday issued notice to the state transport commissioner and Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) over a PIL demanding a subsidy on purchase of CNG-run vehicles to curb pollution.
An NGO, Paryavran Mitra, filed the PIL through advocate N M Kapadia, seeking court intervention in phasing out of old vehicles and promoting CNG and electric vehicles in Gujarat. The lawyer submitted that a subsidy should be given to those who buy CNG vehicles after scrapping old diesel and petrol vehicles.
The PIL requested directions to the authorities to phase out all 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the state. It cited the transport commissioner’s reply to a legal notice that the government is mulling phasing out all commercial vehicles that are 15 years old.
The petition contended that if people scrap old vehicles and opt for CNG and electric vehicles, they should be given relaxation in GST and RTO tax for new purchases. The petition also said that efforts should be made to establish more CNG pumps across the state. Read More
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