The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi government on a public interest litigation demanding an end to subsidy on diesel and enforcement of Euro-V emission norms for all vehicles running on diesel in India.
The Court issued notice on a PIL filed by Arvind Gupta, who quoted a WHO report that says diesel is the dirtiest fuel in the world and sought impounding of all vehicles that do not conform to Euro –IV and Euro-V emission norms and also sought for the cancellation of such licences and registrations.
The notice was issued by a bench of chief justice Altamas Kabir, justice Fakir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla and justice Vikramajit Sen. The PIL sought a market-determined price mechanism for the diesel used in commercial enterprises.
Demanding discontinuation of supply of subsidised diesel to undeserving sections of society particularly owners of luxury cars, telecommunication towers of private sector, malls, supermarkets, and five-star hotels and resorts, the petitioner demanded that they be given diesel at a market-determined price.
The PIL also demanded setting up of an environmental police department equipped with dynamometer smoke-testing equipment for testing vehicular emissions on the roads and levying stiff penalties on those violating smoke-emission norms for vehicles.
The petition said the World Health Organization, in its air quality guidelines 2005, had listed New Delhi, Karachi, Beijing and Kathmandu as Asian cities having a very high level of air pollution.
According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM ), India has 449 diesel and 429 petrol variants on the road.
Among utility vehicles, 5,39,000 of the total 5,54,000 units sold in the country in 2012-13 were diesel variants.
The sale of diesel cars grew by about 35 per cent last year, while the petrol segment shrunk by 15 per cent.