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NGT questions Delhi govt’s plan to procure 10,000 new buses

The National Green Tribunal on Monday questioned the Delhi government’s proposal to deploy 10,000 new DTC buses in the wake of alarming proportions of air pollution in the Capital and directed it to come out with a proper study to support its contention.

“Strengthening public transport system is a healthy thing but that needs to be corroborated by some kind of study. Where is the space to park these buses? Have you carried out any study or you are just saying like this only without any research,” a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

Delhi government had approached the NGT seeking a direction to DDA to provide 500 acres of land for parking of 10,000 buses in the national Capital. “Do you know how much noise your buses make? Have you checked any of your vehicles of noise pollution? Just because you are a government body, does not mean that you can do this.

Nobody gives you the right to turn the people of Delhi deaf. Show us one survey done by DTC in last three months,” the Bench said. The green Bench also slammed DTC for not submitting status report on inspection of its buses by a team set up by Central Pollution Control Board and Delhi Pollution Control Committee and said there has to be a limit to even CNG emissions. The observations came while hearing various applications filed by Delhi Transport Corporation in an air pollution case in which it has sought modification of the NGT’s ban order on diesel and petrol vehicles.

Centre, Delhi differ on air pollution
The National Green Tribunal on Monday questioned Delhi government’s submission that vehicles coming from outside the Capital were not causing pollution. “The Centre is saying old diesel vehicles are not causing pollution, (while) Delhi government is saying vehicles from outside are also not causing pollution. Something must be wrong somewhere,” a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said. 
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