Delhi govt supports removal of cap on registration of auto-rickshaws in SC
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government supported the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority's suggestion for removing the cap on the number of auto-rickshaws in the national capital during a hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday. The AAP government told a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta that it agreed with the EPCA's report that the present cap of one lakh autos in Delhi may be removed immediately provided that the vehicles are "BS-VI CNG/petrol/LPG etc (positive ignition based technology) or battery operated".
The transport department of the Delhi government told the bench that it would file an affidavit on the issue by August 13. The apex court was hearing a plea filed by Bajaj Auto seeking removal of the cap on the number of auto-rickshaws. The EPCA in its report has said that as CNG fuel is available in Delhi and in most districts of NCR, the registration of BS-VI CNG fuelled three-wheelers may start immediately and the cap on registration numbers may be lifted.