In a move aimed at bringing down the pollution levels in the capital, Delhi Cabinet on Monday decided that all two-stroke three-wheelers that are older than 10 years will have to convert to four stroke.
The three-wheelers or autorickshaws, that had already converted from diesel to CNG, would be given Rs 6000 as subsidy by the NCT government to change to four stroke, Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf told reporters after the meeting.
The total cost of conversion to four stroke would be around Rs 15,000 and Yusuf said the manufacturers have agreed to give a six per cent concession to the autorickshaw-owners.
"The reason behind the decision is that we want to bring down the pollution levels in Delhi," he said.
"Three-wheelers that are less than 10 years old can also voluntarily switch over to four stroke and avail the government subsidy," Yusuf said.
The autos can continue with the old electronic meters after conversion to four stroke, Yusuf said.
In all, there are 55,000 three-wheelers running on CNG in the capital, of which around 15,000 are two-stroke vehicles.