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Supreme Court rejects bus operators' plea

By Our Legal Correspondent

NEW DELHI, APRIL 13. The Supreme Court, on Monday, dismissed an application by the Mumbai Bus Owners Association seeking extension of the January 3, 2004, deadline (fixed by the Bombay High Court) for conversion of around 24,000 commercial vehicles which are more than eight years old, from diesel to CNG (compressed natural gas) mode. A Bench, comprising Justice Shivaraj V. Patil and Justice D.M. Dharmadhikari, dismissed the application.

The High Court had fixed the deadline on a petition filed by the Mumbai Environment Action Group, which said that the increasing pollution in Mumbai city could be controlled only through conversion of the old commercial vehicles from diesel to CNG mode.

It had cited the case of Delhi where, on the orders of the Supreme Court, the entire city transport fleet of private and Government-owned buses was converted to CNG mode.

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