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SC extends diesel ban till further notice, eases norms for BPO taxis

The Supreme Court on Monday extended until further notice the ban on registration of new diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of 2,000 cc and above in Delhi and the National Capital Region.

The court, however, agreed to relax the order in the case of taxis with all-India tourist permits which ferry BPO employees in the region. The IT and BPO industry have reported huge losses because of the ban. There are about 55,000 diesel taxis with all-India permits.

However, the ban on diesel taxis continues, despite the ongoing agitation by drivers. The apex court imposed the restrictions late last year to curb growing pollution in the NCR. It asked taxis to switch over to CNG as a fuel. But only a section of the taxis have replaced their diesel engines with CNG kits.