National Green Tribunal, the tribunal with powers of a Civil Court has given a landmark judgement to curb the rising air pollution levels in the Capital of the country, New Delhi, stating that no vehicle, either petrol or diesel, will ply on the roads from now on. Almost 10 lakh or more vehicles which dates back to more than 15 years, are running on Indian roads right now.
Times of India, a leading English daily in the country, highlighted the worsening condition of air quality in Delhi in a report recently, on which the bench of the Tribunal said, "an article published in the Times of India today has been brought to the notice of the tribunal. It not only projects a very dismal state of affairs in the capital, there are clear indication that worst is likely to follow."
The tribunal also ordered 14 other measures, including, building cycle tracks in the city and installing air purifiers at marketplaces. Headed by Tribunal's chairperson Swatanter Kumar, with expert members D K Agarwal and A R Yousuf, the order came in response to a petition filed earlier this year on Delhi's air pollution by Vardhaman Kaushik.
The tribunal has directed the RTO, not to provide fitness certificate, or renew the registration of any vehicle, manufacture 15 years ago. Also, if any such vehicle is found parked in a public area, it would towed away and fined. The bench also ordered, that no parking shall be allowed on roads meant for regular traffic movement.
While talking of the current year, 15 years old vehicles will include all the cars manufactured before the year 2000. Noticeably, only Tata and Maruti are the active manufacturers of that time, with vehicles like 800, Indica, Sieera and HM's Ambassador, running in regular form.