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Four major domestic airlines have escalated their protest over the 12 per cent increase in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices effected this month, refusing to pay the revised prices and seeking a Rs. 2,500-crore refund from oil marketing companies for failing to pass on the benefits of falling crude oil prices since 2014.

“Without prejudice…kindly note that the payments that are being currently made are to be treated as ‘under protest’ and thus our member airlines reserve the right to pay as per the rates prevailing in February 2016,” said a joint letter to oil companies signed by airline promoters Nusli Wadia (GoAir), Naresh Goyal (Jet Airways), Ajay Singh (SpiceJet) and Rahul Bhatia (Indigo).

The joint letter to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation chairperson and managing director Nishi Vasudeva, Indian Oil Corporation chairman B. Ashok and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited CMD S. Vardarajan was sent on March 16 on behalf of the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA).

“FIA seeks your co-operation and support to allow our member airlines to withhold payment of increased amounts due to the recent increase in ATF prices by 12 per cent, until the matter is conclusively determined in a transparent manner,” the promoters said in their letter seen by The Hindu.

The airlines have urged oil marketing companies to disclose the “ambiguous” and opaque price discovery mechanism they used for setting ATF prices. They argued that air fares have remained high as oil companies had not passed on the benefits of the continuous fall in global crude oil prices since 2014. “… As a result, you profited… wherein the airlines are still struggling,” they alleged, and sought a Rs. 2,500-crore refund.

 Credits: The Hindu

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Delhi NCR to Use Colour-Coded Stickers to Identify Nature of Fuel Used by Vehicles

The Supreme Court on Monday sought response on the Environment Pollution plea to use colour-coded stickers to identify nature of fuel used by vehicles plying in the National Capital Region (NCR)

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The central government said the radio frequency identity (RFID) tag had been made mandatory for commercial vehicles entering Delhi. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from Delhi, UP, Haryana and Rajasthan governments on the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority’s (EPCA) plea seeking a direction to implement the apex court’s order to use colour-coded stickers to identify nature of fuel used by vehicles plying in the National Capital Region (NCR).

On August 13, 2018, the top court had directed that vehicles plying in the NCR should have stickers of different colours, indicating the nature of fuel used by them. Hologram-based light blue colour sticker will indicate vehicles using petrol and CNG, while orange sticker, diesel-run vehicles. It was to be implemented on September 30, 2018.

After observing that the policy was not implemented, the EPCA requested the Division Bench, comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta, to direct the four states to implement the practice by November 1.

Senior advocate Aparajita Singh, amicus curiae on pollution issues, told the Bench colour-coding could help as the pollution level in the national capital might rise during winter. The top court had passed the order because pollution was acute, she added.

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Although the air in cities like Mumbai is not as dirty as in Delhi, the problem is worsening and environmentalists warn that much of urban India faces an air pollution crisis. Pixabay

The stickers would also help in identifying banned vehicles.

Supporting the EPCA report, the central government said the radio frequency identity (RFID) tag had been made mandatory for commercial vehicles entering Delhi and the cost of RFID tag had been fixed at Rs 225.

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However, the Bench said it couldn’t issue direction without working out modalities of distributing colour-coded stickers.

The bench has listed the matter for hearing on October 21. (IANS)