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Trucks with goods not meant for Delhi should not enter city, SC told

The Central government on Thursday said that non-Delhi bound trucks and commercial vehicles have no business to use the capital as a transit route as the Supreme Court sought suggestions on ways and means to levy pollution compensatory charges on them for contributing to already alarming air pollution levels.

Addressing the court, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said that vehicles not carrying Delhi- bound goods should not enter Delhi.

“There is no incentive for anybody to pass through Delhi if goods (being carried) are not be dropped in Delhi. If it (vehicle) doesn’t have to drop goods in Delhi it must not enter Delhi,” he said.

As the Central government expressed its stand, the Bench of Chief Justice H.L.Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the presence of Haryana government counsel to respond to the suggestion that several thousand commercial vehicles trying to pass through the national capital for their onward journey should be diverted from Rewari to Panipat.

Seeking suggestions, the court asked Ranjit Kumar, senior counsel Dushyant Dave appearing for Delhi government and amicus curiae Harish Salve to hammer out some steps that could be directed to be taken for levying the pollution compensatory charge on the trucks and commercial vehicles entering national capital while going to other states.

Dave told the court that the Delhi government will work with municipal corporation for levying the pollution compensatory charge.

The court asked the three to sit together as Salve said: “We have suggestions how it (pollution compensatory charge) has to work. We will among ourselves work out the protocol.”

While directing hearing of the matter at 10.30 am on Friday, the court directed its registry to obtain an order passed by the National Green Tribunal on the non-Delhi bound commercial vehicles entering Delhi and make it available to Ranjit Kumar, Dave and Salve.
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