Judiciary gassed

Published: Monday 15 May 1995

HE green bug has finally bitten the Supreme Court. In a recent statement on March 30, Chief Justice A M Ahmadi declared that all official cars belonging to the court would soon run on compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of petrol or diesel.

Natural gas is a gaseous hydrocarbon fuel composed of methane, ethane, propane and butane. In its compressed form it is called CNG. Automobiles using CNG emit comparatively less carbon monoxide than petrolpowered vehicles.

The 1,281 cars of various departments of the Central government will also switch to CNG. The Gas Authority of India will Supply CNG from its compressor station at Ghaziabad. While the device will cost the government over Rs 30,000 per vehicle, the court is of the opinion that it is the duty of the government to ensure the "right to life" in a pollution-free atmosphere.

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