Supreme Court Asks for Reply on e-Vehicles

Central Government Did Not Accept Its Own Policy on e-Vehicles, Supreme Court Asks for Reply in Four Weeks

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e-Vehicles Policy: The Supreme Court sought a response from the Central Government on a PIL filed to convert public transport and government vehicles into e-vehicles. A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Suryakant issued a notice to the Union Ministry of Road and Transport by giving four weeks’ time, on Friday. After this, the case will be heard.

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CJI Bobde said that we are considering forming a committee that will look into the use of alternative fuels. The petition calls for the implementation of the Centre’s policy of gradually converting public vehicles and government vehicles into electric vehicles to curb air pollution and carbon emissions.

It alleged that the government did not make enough effort to follow its own policy of converting public transport and government vehicles into electric vehicles. Counsel Prashant Bhushan, appearing in the court on a petition filed by an NGO, said, “In March last year, the Supreme Court had sought a reply from the Center on this, but the Center has not yet responded.” Bhushan said, along with the construction of electric vehicles, charging stations should be built on the lines of petrol pumps.

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An NGO gave the petition

The Center for Public Interest Litigation had filed a petition in the Supreme Court stating that the government had enacted an electric vehicle policy in 2012 to curb air pollution. Along with this, a policy was also made for the manufacture of hybrid and electric vehicles. The petition said that the policy was made, but it has not been implemented yet. Due to this, the level of global warming is also increasing continuously.

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National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, 2020

To promote e-vehicles, the Ministry of Heavy Industries prepared the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, 2020 (NEMMP-2020) in 2015. The petition appeals to the Center to direct the implementation of the recommendations of NEMMP-2020. Also, the need to adopt the NITI Aayog’s zero-emission vehicle policy framework has been emphasized.

The petition claimed that by the year 2020, a target of sales of around seven million hybrid vehicles in the country was set, but so far only 2.63 lakh electric vehicles have been adopted.

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