The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to give more time to taxi operators in the National Capital Region (NCR) to switch from diesel to the cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG).
The deadline for the change, which has been extended twice, is Saturday.
A number of cab operators and their associations urged the court for an extension of the deadline, but a bench comprising Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice R. Banumati refused the request.
The apex court had initially asked the diesel cab operators in the NCR to switch over to CNG by March 1. That deadline was later extended to March 31 and then to April 30.
The matter related to steps to be taken to curb alarming increase in air pollution in the national capital.
Meanwhile, the leading automobile manufacturers body, SIAM, on Friday said that the ban on diesel passenger vehicles of 2,000 cc and above can deeply dent the country’s global image as an investment destination.
According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the ban on diesel passenger cars of 2,000 cc and above has given the impression of an unstable policy regime.
“It gives an impression that there is no stability or predictability in the policy regime which will deeply dent the country’s global image as an investment destination and the ‘Make in India’ priority,” SIAM said in a statement.
“Many auto MNCs (multinational corporations) have already taken a decision to freeze further investments in India until complete clarity is achieved on key policy issues which can have a bearing on their business prospects in India.”
The ban is being exercised by the Supreme Court on diesel passenger cars of 2,000 cc and above engine capacity.
SIAM said that currently all diesel cars being manufactured are compliant to the current emission norms set by the government.
“The automotive industry has made significant investments in diesel technology which are in accordance with the investment policies of government,” the statement said.
“As such, putting any restrictions or bans on a legally compliant industry is tantamount to an infringement of the fundamental right to do business in the country.” (IANS)