The high court on Wednesday quashed the state panchayat department’s decision to allow motorised cycle vans or “vanos” to run in rural areas of South 24-Parganas and other districts of Bengal.
Justice B. Somadder asked the South 24-Parganas district administration to ensure that vanos are discontinued in the district. The order is significant as it will be used as a precedent in case other local bodies allow vanos to ply.
“The vehicles not only cause air pollution, there is also no provision for them in the law. The Supreme Court, in a recent judgment, described the vehicles as illegal,” Justice Somadder said in his order.
In 2011, the high court had said only those three-wheelers that run on LPG or CNG could ply in the state. Around 65,000 vanos ply in Bengal, all on katatel, a spurious fuel that releases noxious pollutants.