Published: Sunday 15 February 2009

The Calcutta High Court will now monitor implementation of phasing out two-stroke autorickshaws in the city. It has asked the state government to submit action taken reports every 15 days to the court.

"Given the inability, for whatever reasons, of the state government to implement the order passed on July 18, 2008, it would be necessary for this court to monitor further progress with regard to the implementation of the said scheme at frequent intervals," the division bench said.

The court banned two-stroke autorickshaws on July 18. The state government wanted the deadline to phase out two-stroke autos to be extended to July 31, 2009, but the court did not agree (see '2-stroke defiance', Down To Earth, January 16-31, 2009). The court will hear the case on January 30 and wants the first action report filed by then.

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