NGT refuses to lift ban on diesel vehicles

RSTV Bureau

New Delhi: A man takes protection against pollution as smog covers India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Photo

The National Green Tribunal has rejected Centre’s plea and refused to lift the ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR.

While refusing to lift the ban, the NGT noted that one diesel vehicle caused pollution that was equal to 24 petrol vehicles and 40 CNG vehicles.

A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar government’s plea on the ground that the Supreme Court has also junked a similar plea.

The Green panel said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, which had sought modification of NGT’s April 7, 2015 order, did not file any review plea and moved the Tribunal “in the guise of seeking modification”.

The bench which delivered the judgement also comprised of Justices Jawad Rahim, R S Rathore and one expert member B S Sajwan.

The Centre had earlier opposed the ban, saying there was a “misconception” that only diesel pollutes the environment. Noting that diesel is the prime source of air pollution in Delhi, the tribunal had earlier held that all diesel vehicles which were more than 10 years old, would not be permitted to ply in Delhi-NCR.

The Green panel had issued the order last year directing the Delhi RTO to de-register all diesel vehicles operating in the city that are over 10 years old.

(With inputs from PTI)