NEW DELHI, 30 April : The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to extend the deadline of April 30 given to private petrol and diesel run taxis to convert to CNG, virtually banning the taxis being run on liquid fuel from May 1 in the NCR.A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur held a special hearing on Saturday and examined various options which could be put into force to curb the menace of pollution in the National Capital Region.
Ban of diesel, petrol taxis would be implemented not only in Delhi but entire National Capital Region which included Gurgaon, Noida, FaridabadThe bench turned down the plea of taxi operator seeking more time to comply its order. It said that court had granted many extensions over time and it was high time for taxis to follow the direction. The bench said that it was firm on its decision of not granting extension when an individual taxi owner made an impassioned appeal on the ground that the order would affect his livelihood.
The court also pulled up the Centre for not exploring and implementing new technology to control pollution. It accused the government for being casual in its approach and said that the Centre had woken up from deep slumber only after court intervene in the issue.