In a major ruling, the apex court in India has banned any new registration of diesel vehicles above 2000cc in Delhi. The ruling came in light with the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) proposal to stop any new diesel car sales in Delhi. The interim ruling will be effective till 31st March, 2016 along with other steps to curb pollution in Delhi.
The Supreme Court also stopped the entry of the commercial vehicles in NCR registered before 2005. This means, any vehicle which is not Delhi bound will not enter NCR from 2 entry points, the NH8 from Jaipur and NH1 from Ambala. The series of decision took by the Apex court will not affect the common man directly or indirectly as said by the court.
While the Supreme Court's ruling can be a bit harsh, it's nothing as compared to the NGT's directive which asked for complete ban on new diesel vehicles registrations in Delhi. The tribunal also asked both the central and state governments to refrain themselves from buying diesel cars in Delhi. Supreme Court also increased the green tax on the trucks entering the national capital.
Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur called the pollution levels in Delhi as "embarrassing" and asked for some immediate solutions - "Delhi has earned a bad name that it is the most polluted city," he said. "You formulate the norms, prescribe the regime. Why don't you do it? You take the credit for cleaning Delhi. Why do you let the opportunity go?", asked the court to both the state and central governments.
The Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government has already proposed the much hyped odd-even rule, where cars plying on Delhi roads will be segregated based on their number plates. The top court wasn't sure about the rule, but gave its full support - "You can implement it if it is going to help. We haven't stopped you."
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