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NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Centre on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to implement the recommendations of National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020, and Niti Aayog’s policy framework on 'zero emission vehicles’ for faster adoption of electric vehicles to mitigate the impact of climate change and air pollution.

The bench comprising of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Surya Kant have given the Centre a four-week deadline to file the response. The petition filed by Centre of Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), a non-governmental organization (NGO), was represented by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan.

Bhushan argued that e-vehicles are more viable since the combustion process in compressed natural gas (CNG) enabled vehicles also causes global warming. A proper infrastructure for EV operated vehicles also needs to be developed, he added.

Making EV’s the first choice for buyers and replacing the conventional vehicles to eventually reduce liquid fuel consumption, compelled the NGO to file the petition.

The plea further suggested ways including - preferential parking, exemption from toll fee, subsidised private ownership for charging infrastructure- in sync with international practices to boost the adoption of EV’s.

The lack of effort on the part of enforcement agencies and adequate laws have resulted into spiralling pollution levels and the air quality is steadily decreasing and no effective steps have been taken by the administration in this behalf, the petition said.

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