The Supreme Court on April 30 banned diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR from May 1, but allowed Delhi Police and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to register their new diesel-run vehicles that are of 2000cc engine capacity and above to be used for transportation of prisoners under trial, supply of arms and ammunition and for supply of water.
The three-judge bench was headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur which also told the Delhi Police and DJB to pay 30% of real cost of these vehicles as Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) or green-cess. Around 190 vehicles are to be purchased by Delhi Police for mobilising police force in case of emergency.
The three judge bench was hearing a plea that was seeking the ban on registration of high-end diesel cars with engine capacity of 2000cc in Delhi-NCR to be lifted.
A number of car and cab operators had also urged the apex court for an extension of the deadline which finished today on April 30, 2016.
But the bench refused the request of cab and car operators as they had already extended the deadline twice, initially till March 31 and then again till April 30.