The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Union Ministry of Road transport to reply to a Public Interest Litigation seeking a faster conversion of public transport into Electric Vehicles within 4 weeks. The bench headed by Chief justice S.A. Bobde and comprising judges B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant responding to a petition jointly filed by various organizations including Centre for Public Interest Litigation, Common Cause and Sitaram Jindal Foundation which raised worries on environmental impact of vehicles which uses nonrenewable fossil fuels which will cater to Climate Change and Global Warming.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for the petitioners stated that electric vehicles would serve as a crucial measure to deal with increasing air pollution and raised the urgent issue of developing the required infrastructure to support electric vehicles.
The plea pointed to the failure of The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles in India scheme (FAME India), in adopting the recommendations of National E – Mobility mission plan 2020 by Ministry of heavy industries (NEMMP-2020) which was devised to promote electric vehicles.
The non-intervention of judiciary will apparently lead to deprivation of the fundamental rights of citizens to breathe, healthy and clean environment. It pointed to the inefficiency that instead of achieving the target of 6-7 million sales of such hybrid vehicles by 2020, only 0.263 million electric vehicles have been introduced in India. The policy tends to lose its focus on its primary motive to promote hybrid and electric vehicles as the first choice of customers.