NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today indicated that it may ban registration of diesel SUVs and luxury sedans in Delhi in view of the rising air pollution in the national capital.
The court is likely to pass a detailed order in this regard on Wednesday. Indications are that registration of diesel vehicles having engine capacity of more than 2000cc will be banned.
The Supreme Court also indicated increase in Environment Compensatory Cess from Rs 700 to Rs 1400 for light commercial vehicle and from Rs 1300 to Rs 2600 on heavy commercial vehicles entering Delhi.
Hearing several petition seeking a complete ban on diesel cars in the national capital, the court asked the Delhi government and the central government to come up with a plan to control Delhi's deteriorating air condition.
The court also asked the Delhi government to implement the odd-even car scheme on its own on a trial basis and then decide on the future course of action.
It also asked the concerned authorities to ensure that only CNG based taxis run in Delhi and that Euro 4-ready fuel is provided in Delhi and national highways to promote Euro 4 vehicles.
Proper arrangement must be made at construction sites to control pollution caused from dust, the court said.
Last week, Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, had described the pollution in Delhi as "embarrassing" and had asked for immediate solutions.
"Delhi has earned a bad name that it is the most polluted city. Last week a Judge came from International Court of Justice to Delhi. It is very embarrassing for us to tell him that this is the level of pollution in Delhi," Justice Thakur had said.