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10 years old Diesel vehicles not to run in Delhi - NGT

Snapshot: Natinal Green Tribunal has ruled that no diesel vehicle more than 10 years old will ply on the roads of Delhi.

Following the last month's orders to submit a report on the proposal to ban all the diesel vehicle order than 10 years, the National Tribunal Court today gave the decision. No diesel older than 10 years will be able to ply in the national capital Delhi. The bench was headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, who rule in favor of a petition submitted to the NGT.

Justice Kumar gave the decision after he asked for the list of exact numbers of diesel vehicles running in the capital and their impact on the air quality in the previous hearing. He also directed the Delhi government to prepare a list of all such cars and start a process to ban these cars from plying inside the capital and also stop any vehicle coming from the neighboring states.

"Presence of pollutants in ambient air is a matter of serious concern for all stakeholders. Human health is right to life and must take precedence over commercial and other infrastructural projects. Principle of intergenerational equity demands that all institutions including legislature, executive must make all possible endeavors to ensure proper air quality. We direct the NCT Delhi to submit its view as to why all the diesel (commercial or otherwise) vehicles plying in Delhi which are more than 10 years old should not be taken off the roads and be not permitted from plying in the city," said the bench in the earlier hearing.

"Existing state of affairs, the scientific data indicates the problem is very severe and its result can be drastic if permitted to persist. The response of authorities is lacking will, bona fide and shifting of responsibilities from one department to another and finding faults with different departments has been the defence before us," bench added.

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