With the ongoing discussion over the odd-even rule, the National Green Tribunal announced an another giant step for the critically polluted capital, saying that Delhi will stop registering government diesel cars. Early this year in April, the green tribunal had banned diesel vehicles over 10 years old in Delhi, which is considered as the world’s most polluted city.
While the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition seeking a complete ban on diesel cars in Delhi and other cities and the case will come up on December 15. The tribunal also raised questions about the Delhi government's odd-even formula for cars, saying it "may not have the desired effect", and added it would only drive people to buy another car.
As we know, the odd-even rule will start with the upcoming new year, where odd and even numbered cars will be allowed on alternate days in Delhi and will be tested for 15 days. Over 23 per cent of the cars registered in Delhi are diesel and the emit 7.5 times more particulate matter than the petrol vehicles, producing more toxic nitrogen dioxide.
The Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, had called the pollution in Delhi 'embarrassing' and has asked for immediate solutions. To which court added, "Delhi has earned a bad name that it is the most polluted city. Last week a Judge came from International Court of Justice to Delhi. It is very embarrassing for us to tell him that this is the level of pollution in Delhi".
The Chief Justice questioned why "there was no discussion taking place, no forum is provided" to deal with the problem. "If you expect us to provide solution to every problem, it is not possible," said Justice Thakur. The remarks were made after hearing a petition by toll operators, who could not collect the 'Green Cess' from trucks entering the city.