Common policy to phase out diesel autos soon

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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Staff member
Taking a step forward to phase out diesel-run autos gradually, Punjab, Haryana and the Chandigarh Administration have agreed to frame a common policy soon. Sources said a consensus in this regard was reached at a joint meeting of transport officers of the two states and the UT Administration. UT Adviser Vijay Kumar Dev chaired the meeting.
The meeting was convened on the directions of UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki, who had asked the officers to find a solution to the problem after some leaders, including Prem Singh Chandumajra, MP, met him to allow diesel autos of other states to run in the city, which were banned by the Administration earlier.
The sources said on Chandumajra’s request, Solanki had asked UT officers to hold a meeting with their counterparts in Punjab and Haryana to find a permanent solution to the issue.
The Administration had banned the entry of diesel-run autorickshaws in Chandigarh recently in view of the pollution caused by them. The sources said at the meeting, the Adviser laid stress on framing a common policy for the tricity, which was agreed upon by officers of both states.
The sources said one of the suggestions was that both states would not register any diesel-run autos for entry to Chandigarh and would gradually phase out the autos after 10 years. They would only register LPG, CNG or battery-operated autos.
The decision of the Administration to ban diesel-run autos had led to a decline in the level of pollution in the city. However, auto drivers went on a strike against the order.