SC seeks the response of the Center on PIL to convert public transport and government vehicles into electric

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday requested the Center's response to to PIL seeking the implementation of its gradual conversion policy public transport & government vehicles to electric vehicles to curb air pollution & carbon emission.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde took note of the plea filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation alleging that the government has not done enough in pursuance of its own policy of converting public transport & government vehicles into electric vehicles .

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The bench, which also comprised justices B R Gavai & Surya Kant, issued notice to the Union ministry of road transport & sought its reply within four weeks.

lawyer Prashant Bhushan , appearing for the NGO, said the scheme was formulated to curb air pollution & restrict carbon emission which has been creating the problem of global warming .

He also said that infrastructure facilities for proper charging batteries of electric vehicles also needed to be developed.

In March last year, the apex court had directed the Centre to apprise it about steps taken so far for implementation of the scheme.

The bank has published the PIL for the hearing after four weeks.