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Glare on polluting wheels

Jharkhand High Court on Monday directed the School Bus Owners Association in the capital to inform about the number of buses ferrying students, providing details of buses owned by respective schools and those taken on hire.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Prakash Tatia and Justice Jaya Roy was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Rajnish Mishra, exposing the high level of pollution in the capital. Mishraís counsel Delip Jerath said the special committee constituted on the orders of the court earlier had held a meeting which was attended by government officials including Ranchi deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey.

Choubey informed the committee that 2,300 auto-rickshaws have been given valid permits to run. He was asked by the committee to inform about the number of auto-rickshaws required to handle the commuter pressure in Ranchi, to which Choubey said a survey was needed and sought two monthsí time to compile a report.

The court while fixing the matter to be heard again on January 4 observed that normally a capital city should have low floor buses for passengers. The government and the local administration should ensure that the commuters were not harassed and a good transport system ought to be developed so that there was no congestion on city arteries, the bench said.

Jerath informed the court that the government had not yet come out with a proposal to set up CNG fuel stations.