Tata Motors Limited approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking clarification on any ban in Delhi on registration of medium and heavy commercial diesel vehicles above 2000cc. The company claimed that Delhi State Transport Department has refused to register medium and heavy commercial diesel vehicles citing two orders passed by it on December 11, 2015 and January 6 this year by NGT that has caused injustice to carry on with their business activities.
On 11th December 2015, the green panel directed that no new diesel vehicles and the diesel vehicles that are more than 10-years-old, would be registered in the Delhi-NCR until the next date of hearing. Later, on 6th January 2016, the NGT had said that it would not pass any directions in this regard at this stage, since the matter relating to air pollution in Delhi was pending in the Supreme Court,
Tata Motors filed an application before a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, Tata Motors Ltd said that on December 16 last year, the Supreme Court had directed that registration of diesel-run SUVs and private cars with engine capacity of 2000cc and above would be banned in the NCR till March 31.
The application states that “The applicant submits that grave prejudice is being caused to its right to carry on its business activities by the refusal of the Department of Transport, Government of NCT, Delhi, to register medium and heavy commercial diesel vehicles in the guise of the two orders dated December 11, 2015 and January 6, 2016 that have been passed by this Tribunal.”
The National Green Tribunal would hear the matter on August 24. In the meantime, the tribunal allowed a plea by leading automobile manufacturer Toyota for impleading it as a party in the matter relating to air pollution in Delhi and ban on diesel vehicles.