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‘It Would Be Better To Hear Union Minister’: CJI on Issue of Electric Vehicles

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The matter of converting public transport and government vehicles into electric vehicles was heard today. In this case, the Central Government asked of filing the reply. During the hearing, Chief Justice SA Bobde said that we want Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to come to the court and tell where the problem is coming.

The Court was hearing a PIL filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation on the issue of electric vehicles. CJI Bobde remarked that while aspects of air pollution such as stubble burning are discussed about, the largest source of pollution, that is vehicles, is not talked about often. The Chief Justice also noted how the Union Minister had made several public statements and the Court would in fact like to hear him. Therefore, he mulled over seeking Gadkari’s personal presence.

The Supreme Court met the Central Government in 4 weeks and asked to consider the matter related to electric vehicles. The Supreme Court said that there can be no compromise on pollution. The court said that this matter is important not only for Delhi-NCR, but for the whole country.

The petition alleged that the government did not make enough efforts to follow its own policy of converting public transport and government vehicles into electric vehicles. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan said the plan was designed to curb air pollution and limit carbon emissions.