SC weighs in on odd-even, orders restrictions on diesel vehicles
The Supreme Court sought to complement Delhi’s ongoing odd-even scheme with a raft of orders and suggestions aimed at enhancing the capital’s existing transportation networks, as well as placing restrictions on diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of 2000cc and above on Tuesday.
The SC suggested that the Delhi Metropolitan Railway Corporation (DMRC) provide special seats for those who eschewed travelling in luxury vehicles in favour of using the Metro during the odd-even rule trial, which is scheduled to end on January 15. Further suggestions included asking the DMRC to increase the frequency of its services by reducing waiting times for trains, as well as seeking a report from the Centre on why the DDA had not yet handed over land to the AAP government for use of the city’s bus fleet.
The SC mooted the idea of having weigh bridges to restrict the entry of overladen trucks as well as banning heavy commercial vehicles from using the NH-10, NH-2, NH-58 and state highway-57, which connects Ghaziabad to Baghpat.
Diesel vehicle restrictions
By far the biggest changes made by the Supreme Court during its Tuesday session were its orders on diesel vehicles; not only were all government agencies and departments ordered to phase out their existing diesel cars, but those purchasing cars with smaller engines than 2000cc would have to pay a one-time environment cess fee.
All taxis in the Delhi-NCR region were also ordered to convert to CNG by March 31.
The Delhi government was asked by the SC to issue no objection certificate to owners who sought to sell their vehicles outside of Delhi, provided that they were at least 10 years old in the case of diesel engines, and 15 for petrol vehicles. The National Green Tribunal and earlier prevented the government from issues NOCs for the sale of these vehicles.
The plea of car manufacturers to lift the restriction on 2000cc and above capacity engines will be taken up on January 20.
The cybercrime wing of Punjab Police has issued an advisory to mobile phone users to be cautious of fraudsters who have found new ways to trap and dupe people. These fraudsters pose as officers and dupe people by sending them suspicious links on WhatsApp. Three such cases have been reported in Ludhiana in the past 45 days wherein fraudsters duped people by impersonating officials. The police have solved only one case till now.
At the time when residents have been raising hue and cry over rising pollution, staffers of a saddle manufacturing unit, Surindra Saddles, were caught dumping untreated electroplating waste in a green belt in Phase 5 of Focal Point on Friday evening. MC officials impounded the vehicle and filed a complaint with police and Punjab Pollution Control Board for further action.
A man has been booked for trying to rape a 13-year-old girl who lives in his neighbourhood in Dholewal, police said on Saturday. The girl's mother approached the police to lodge an FIR against the accused, a resident of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar. The complainant said that on Friday, her daughter was returning from tuition when the accused intercepted her. A hunt is on for the arrest of the accused, Sub-inspector Madhu Bala, Division Number 6 SHO added.
Three motorcycle-borne robbers targeted a food delivery man and took away ₹1 lakh after thrashing The victim, Gurwinder Singh, 26 on the elevated road near Master Tara Singh College on Saturday evening. On being informed, CIA staff and Division Number 1 police reached the spot and initiated investigation. The victim, Gurwinder Singh, 26, said he worked for a food delivery company. Division Number 1 SHO, Inspector Amritpal Singh, said the matter appeared suspicious.
Senior MCD officials clarified that work was taken up because of the importance of the stretch, which passes by Humayun’s Tomb, Sunder Nursery and other institutions and religious places. Nearly 150,000 visit Humayun’s Tomb and Sunder Nursery every month, said a municipal official.