The Jharkhand High Court on Wednesday banned issuance of new permits to diesel-operated auto rickshaws within the limits of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) and directed the deputy commissioner and oil companies to set up three auto-gas (LPG) outlets in Ranchi.
The court asked the Ranchi district administration to provide separate colours to auto-rickshaws having valid permits.
It asked the traffic police not to release illegal auto-rickshaws after recovering fines. They can only be let off after production of a pollution-free certificate issued by a competent agency, a division bench of chief justice Virender Singh and justice PP Bhatt asked the Ranchi deputy commissioner (DC) and traffic SP.
The bench asked Ranchi DC to select three spots to set up auto-gas outlets in Ranchi and inform the court. It asked SP (traffic) to come down heavily on illegal autos.
The court’s order came after a PIL was filed by Rajneesh Mishra seeking judicial intervention to ban plying of polluting vehicles.
Ranchi traffic SP said only 3,335 diesel auto-rickshaws were issued permits to ply within the RMC limits but currently more autos were plying on the roads and regular checking drive was on to oust such vehicles from city roads. The court asked the SP to prepare a detailed data of such cases.