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CNG deadline for Delhi buses extended till Jan 31

The Supreme Court on Thursday extended again, the deadline for the switch over of the Delhi buses to the compressed natural gas mode. Hearing the case, the apex court extended the deadline till January 31, 2002.

The court ordered that the diesel buses had to be replaced by CNG buses till the deadline in a phased manner.

Another significant observation of the court was to direct the Union and the Delhi governments to take steps to ensure that the quality of the air in Delhi does not deteriorate till the January 31 deadline.

The court also directed the Amicus Curae to submit a report on the progress of the phasing out of the buses.

Counsel for the various Delhi schools and the All India Tourist Forum, Salman Khurshid, commenting on the judgement, said, "The court has expressed its distress and disappointment on the failure of the Delhi and Union government to overcome the crisis."

The court also directed the Delhi and the Union governments to settle the issue of the CNG gas supply.

"The court directed the central and the Delhi governments to settle the difference of perception on the availability and the requirement of the CNG gas supply," Khurshid added.

The decision by the court to phase out the diesel buses by January 31 had been taken after taking into consideration the reports of the bus manufacturers.

EARLIER REPORT:
SC refuses to relax CNG-only norm for bus fleet

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