The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to Union petroleum ministry, Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) and six states on the introduction of CNG-run public transport system in eight most polluted cities in the country.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India YK Sabharwal issued the notices during hearing of a PIL filed by MC Mehta on the issue.
The states issued notices are - Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and the cities in question are - Lucknow, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Sholapur, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.
The court asked the notices to respond to the notice within four weeks. It also asked its Monitoring Committee to submit a report about the financial soundness of the consortium entrusted with the construction of western peripheral express highway around Delhi.
Meanwhile, in its report filed in the court, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for the National Capital Region said it has identified four key areas that have the potential to engineer a fundamental transition.
These include gaseous fuels programme (CNG, LPG), public transport and transport demands management, vehicle inspection and management of transit traffic and phasing out of old vehicles, it said.
For each city, EPCA has set specific deadlines for introduction of CNG-run vehicles and other measures to be adopted for checking the pollution level.