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National Green Tribunal orders ban of all diesel vehicles over 10 years of age

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National Green Tribunal (NGT) has held up an order that all diesel vehicles older than 10 years should be banned in the National Capital.

Following the order by National Green Tribunal on Tuesday, Environment Minister Asim Ahmed Khan has stated that the government will be studying the order and come up with a detailed report.

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This ban ordered by NGT comes after a meeting held last month where in NGT Chairperson, Justice Swatanter Kumar has asked the government to put forth the exact number of diesel vehicles on roads in the Capital and their effect on the quality of air. This report was to be submitted by April 7, 2015. No report was submitted despite repeated reminders and orders with the authorities shifting responsibility from one department to the other with each department shying away from taking accountability.

Considering the poor quality of air and devastating effects it has been having on the health of people in the Capital, National Green Tribunal has issued the statement noting that diesel is the prime cause of polluted air in Delhi. This level of pollution is at such a limit the Tribunal stated that people have even been advised to leave Delhi due to adverse effects on their health.

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Following NGT’s order banning all diesel vehicles more than 10 years old from plying in the National Capital Region, all registering authorities in Haryana, UP and Delhi have been directed to submit a list of petrol vehicle over 15 years old and diesel vehicle over 10 years old before the tribunal and to the state police. The court has given the Delhi government and transportation department 20 hours to set up pollution check posts at border entry points to test heavy vehicles and ensure that they conform to emission standards besides abide by rules where overloading and age are concerned.


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Pearl Daniels

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Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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  • Nitish Rawat

    instead , they should provide more subsidy on CNG , and should check illegal cutting of green belt in delhi