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Can petrol, diesel prices be made same for four wheelers: SC asks Centre

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today directed the Centre to apprise it as to whether petrol and diesel can have an equal pricing for four wheelers and private cars after the Control Authority (EPCA) said from diesel vehicles was a cause of concern.

A bench of justices and suggested that the government could contemplate fixing price of diesel and petrol on par for four wheelers, other than goods vehicles.

"You take instructions whether you can have equal price at petrol stations for diesel and petrol for four wheelers and private cars," the bench told the appearing for the Centre.

Aparajita Singh, assisting the apex court as an amicus curiae in the matter, told the bench that the real concern was from diesel vehicles.

She said that people go for diesel vehicles since they have high power fuel efficiency.

The amicus told the bench that one of the EPCA's report show there was "leakage" of funds from compensation charge (ECC) which was levied by the apex court for purchase of diesel vehicles.

"But SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) says that they (diesel vehicles) are not polluting. They are arguing that you change your standards," the bench observed.

The court then referred to and said that was contemplating banning use of diesel vehicles.

The amicus told the court that European countries were trying to fix NOx (nitrogen oxide) pollution standards since they were grappling with pollution and was trying to do away with diesel vehicles.

The bench, while referring to Article 14 (equality before law) of the Constitution, said that government could consider fixing price of diesel and petrol on par for four wheelers.

The counsel, appearing for vehicle manufacturers, told the apex court that BS-VI fuel, which is likely to be made available in National Capital Region (NCR) from April 2019, would solve the problem of pollution from diesel vehicles.

He said that in August 2016, sell of diesel vehicles was almost 47.5 per cent which has come down to 23 per cent now.

The bench then asked about use of electric vehicles in

One of the lawyers told the court that government has proposed to buy around 1,000 electric buses for public while 1,000 electric vehicles were already plying on the roads in different parts of the country.

He said that these electric vehicles were manufactured by automobile majors Tata and

The amicus also told the court that Tata and has also signed contract with Ola and for supply of fleet of electric cars and the Centre has also ordered electric vehicles.

The bench suggested that possibility of using hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles, which are of hybrid nature and considered cost-effective as compared to CNG or electric vehicles, should also be explored.

The amicus said that was upbeat about Hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles and they have the for it.

The amicus also told the bench that EPCA has suggested about use of colour-coded system, as already used in Paris, which would help in having graded fuel for vehicles depending upon the pollution emitted.

The bench said that it would hear further arguments in the matter on July 23.

The Centre had earlier told the apex court that BS-VI fuel would be available by April 1, 2019 in 17 out of 23 districts in the and and all attempts would be made to make it available in other metropolitan cities by April 1, 2020.

The government had also said that reducing the price gap between petrol and diesel would not be "economically viable" and would lead to inflation.

The court was hearing the petition which has raised the issue of in the Delhi-

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 20:35 IST