Tribunal wants stricter norms on diesel vehicles
Calling the measure “not enough”, the green court sought more stringent norms as well as individual parameters checked including the checking of <g data-gr-id="26">sulphur-dioxide</g> in the exhaust.
The Tribunal has directed the Union environment ministry, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Central Pollution Control Board to inform it of steps to impose stricter emission norms. The Delhi government admitted that there <g data-gr-id="29">are</g> no pollution checking facilities at six of the 13 major entry points into the national capital which has among the worst levels of air pollution worldwide.
The court has also asked the traffic police to inform it about alternate routes for all traffic which is not bound for the national Capital.
Earlier, the NGT had declined to modify its order banning <g data-gr-id="32">plying</g> of diesel vehicles which are over 10 years old in Delhi-NCR. The green panel, however, said it was for the Delhi government and concerned authorities to decide on the issue of <g data-gr-id="33">challaning</g> such vehicles or not.
“Additional Solicitor General has made a prayer for variation of our earlier order and submits that in the public interest, at least the state may not be held responsible for <g data-gr-id="34">challaning</g> of the diesel vehicles during the pendency of the application filed by <g data-gr-id="40">Union of India</g> in that behalf. We decline to vary our earlier order.
However, till disposal of the application which is pending, it is for the state to challan diesel vehicle or not so as to prevent complete <g data-gr-id="35">nonsupply</g> of essential articles to the city of Delhi, as according to her there is imminent threat in that behalf,” a Bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar had mentioned.
The refusal to issue fitness certificate to vehicles in Delhi and NCR came after the Tribunal’s (NGT) April 7 order through which it had held that all diesel vehicles which are more than 10-years-old will not be permitted to ply in Delhi-NCR. Later, the Supreme Court also dismissed the plea challenging the Tribunal’s order.