The Supreme Court holds firm on its order to convert Delhi's diesel buses to CNG
the Supreme Court has reiterated that it will not allow diesel buses with 500 parts per million (ppm) sulphur to ply on Delhi roads after September 30, 2001. The court also clarified that it had not mandated autos and taxis to run on compressed natural gas (cng) only. It added that autos should have four-stroke engines and run on low benzene petrol and taxis should meet Euro II emissions norms. Calculations done by Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based non-governmental organisation ( ngo ), finds that it is more profitable for autos to use cng than petrol (see table: Still a bargain).
The Union government claimed that it had asked the Delhi government to stop the registration of cng autos and private vehicles to control queues at dispensing stations. But the apex court stood firm. "These are all excuses to cover up your act," said chief justice A S Anand. Kapil Sibal, who is representing the Delhi government, pointed out that the emission norms for commercial vehicles set by the court were Bharat stage II and petrol autos have no such norm to comply with, thus the Delhi government could not allow the registration of such autos in the capital.
Still a bargain
The running cost of a CNG auto is less than half that of a petrol auto. Thus it will always be more profitable to use CNG
|Fuel||Price (Rupees)||Kilometerage (Kilometres per unit of fuel)||Price per Km (Rupees)|
|CNG||12.20 per Kg||37.5 per Kg||0.33|
|Petrol||28.84 per Litre||27.5 per Litre||1.05|
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