Thursday, 26 July 2012

HC gives deadline to all Gujarat registered vehicles to get converted to Natural Gas in a year



In an order which could impact lakhs of vehicle owners in Gujarat by Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala that all vehicles to be converted to Natural gas within an year.

Further, the court gave two months to the state government to issue necessary orders to impose stringent restrictions to reduce pollution by fixing levels of emission to the minimum, at par with international norms. The order applies to both public and private vehicles running on petrol and diesel.

The order said, "The state is directed to pass necessary orders compelling owners of all vehicles having registration in Gujarat to use natural gas and, if necessary, even at higher prices within the shortest possible period, not exceeding one year from today for the protection of lives of citizens."

The Gujarat high court also directed the central government to allocate natural gas for domestic and vehicular use to the city of Ahmedabad at the same rate as it is supplied to Delhi and Mumbai. "This is to enforce the right of equality," the judges said.

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