CHANDIGARH 04/NOV/2014: Continuing its stand to phase out diesel auto-rickshaws from the city from the coming financial year, the UT administration on Monday clarified that it would not change its decision. The authority said it would allow Bharat State III diesel auto-rickshaws till March and assess their environmental impact to decide the further action. It would provide all kind of help to those who purchase LGP auto-rickshaws in terms of providing loan, subsidy and other monetary benefits.
UT transport secretary Bhawna Garg on Monday said, \"Diesel auto-rickshaws are harmful for the environment. This has been proved by the pollution control wing of the administration. The administration has also condemned and phased out around 100 diesel CTU busses. We are ready to provide all financial help and even PNB has agreed to submit registration fee free of cost if they purchase LPG auto-rickshaws which would cost between Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,000 each.
Till March, we would allow BS (Bharat State) III auto-rickshaws and then review it after assessing its repercussion on city\'s environment.\" \"The members of Mohali Auto-rickshaw Union met us today and agreed on our stand to allow BS III auto-rickshaws for a limited period and then to check its result,\" Garg added. Santosh Kumar, director, environment, who was also accompanying Garg in the media briefing, said, \"Diesel auto-rickshaws are more harmful than any other diesel vehicle, as these run throughout day and night and produce more harmful gases than other diesel vehicles on a daily basis.\" On the other hand, the auto-rickshaw union was still adamant. \"The authority is trying to misguide our people. We are ready to intensify our stir in the coming day or two,\" said Kamlakant, president of an auto union.