New Delhi: The Supreme Court today banned the registration of diesel SUVs and cars above 2000cc in Delhi NCR till March 31, saying the decision will not affect the common man.
The top court also ruled that commercial vehicles registered before 2005, which are not Delhi bound, will not be allowed to enter the national capital through entry points NH-8 and NH-1.
The apex court orders all taxis in Delhi to be converted to CNG.
The Supreme has also increased by 100 percent the environment compensation charge (ECC) for the commercial vehicles entering Delhi and imposed a blanket ban on the registeration of diesel vehicles of engine capacity of 2,000 cc and above in the entire National Capital Region.
A 100 hundred percent increase in ECC would now mean that light commercial vehicles with two axles will have to pay Rs.1,400 for entering Delhi and commercial vehicles with three and four axles will have to pay Rs.2,600 for each trip for entering Delhi.
Meanwhile the government hikes excise duty on petrol by 30 paise a litre, diesel by Rs 1.17 per litre.