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Do CNG vehicles cause air pollution, HC asks Delhi govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court has asked the whether CNG vehicles contribute to the in the national capital.

A bench of and Justice A J Bhambani posed the query to the government while hearing a PIL by an NGO which has claimed that rise in vehicle-generated in was due to "non-enforcement and non-implementation" of the 1988 Motor Vehicle Act.

The court in its recent order has given four weeks to to file an updated status report "particularly with reference to pollution, if any, caused by the CNG vehicles and the result of the same".

With the direction, the bench listed the plea by NGO Campaign for People Participation in Development Planning for further hearing on July 29.

The NGO's plea was filed in February 2016 when the second phase of the odd-even scheme of road rationing was announced by the Delhi government, alleging that the government has "maliciously misdirected themselves" to cut the number of vehicles on road instead of enforcing control rules.

It has contended that due to the "continued failure" of the Centre and to enforce the Motor Vehicle Act, vehicle generated level has gravely risen in past years, endangering health of the people of the national capital.

The high court had earlier said that if the authorities were able to address the issue of air pollution by inspection of vehicular emission, "then air quality in the city would improve positively".

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 18:15 IST