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NGT flays Delhi Police over alternate routes to de-congest city

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday rapped Delhi Police for not providing complete details on the alternate routes for commercial vehicles passing through the city to de-congest the roads.

The green panel had directed Delhi Police to hold meeting with senior officers from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to create alternative routes for heavy polluting vehicles.

On August 31, a meeting was held in the Delhi Police headquarters here which was headed by Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) where an alternate route via NH-71A and NH-71 (<g data-gr-id="26">Panipat-</g><g data-gr-id="27"><g data-gr-id="26">Rohtak</g>-Jhajjar</g>-Bawal) was proposed.

When the bench today enquired about <g data-gr-id="34">total number</g> of vehicles entering at Panipat and Kundli, Delhi Police was clueless and sought more time to seek proper instructions.

"What is this? You had a meeting with officials from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Yet, your basic facts are not clear. At least be prepared for once,"  a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said directing the police to come tomorrow with all the details.

During the hearing, Delhi Police told the green bench that this new route suggested by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is four lane and was adequate to cater to the traffic of more than 50,000 PCUs (passenger car units).

"The distance of the diverted route i.e through <g data-gr-id="20">Panipat-</g><g data-gr-id="21"><g data-gr-id="20">Rohtak</g>-Jhajjar</g>-Bawal diversion is 166 km whereas the distance for <g data-gr-id="30">route</g> through New Delhi is 174 km," Delhi Police said.
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