NGT says no to new diesel vehicle registration for Delhi Government
New Delhi: With the issue regarding pollution levels in Delhi gathering momentum in the past few days, the NGT has come out with a new statement declaring no diesel vehicles must be bought anymore by the central and state governments in Delhi. The tribunal has recommended that diesel-run vehicles not be registered in Delhi at all.
The move comes at a time the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition seeking a complete ban on diesel cars in Delhi and other cities. The case will come up on December 15.
In April, the green tribunal had banned diesel vehicles over 10 years old in Delhi, which is the world’s most polluted city.
The tribunal today raised questions about the Delhi government’s odd-even formula for cars, saying it “may not have the desired effect”.
“As an interim measure and subject to hearing all parties in the case, we direct that diesel vehicles which are more than 10-year old and new diesel vehicles would not be registered in Delhi,” a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
he Delhi government has announced that from January 1, 2016, private vehicles with odd registration numbers will ply on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and with even numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Both odd and even number vehicles can ply on Sundays.
One of the main criticisms of the odd-even formula has been the lack of adequate number of public vehicles that can accommodate those who will not be able to use their vehicles in the first fortnight of January.
To overcome the shortage of public vehicles, the Delhi government will double the fleet of buses during the 15-day trial period, starting on January 1, when the odd-even traffic formula will be implemented, CM Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday.