NGT bans registration of new diesel-run vehicles in Delhi

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered ban on registration of new diesel-run vehicles in Delhi to curb the growing menace of air pollution in the capital city.

This ruling was given by NGT bench headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar and also questioned Delhi government’s odd-even formula for vehicles to check pollution in the city.

Key facts

  • The ban on registration of new diesel vehicles will be valid till 6th January 2016 as interim steps i.e. till the next date of hearing of NGT on Delhi pollution.
  • NGT also ordered the central and state government to stop buying diesel cars in Delhi.
  • On Delhi government’s odd-even formula for vehicles, the tribunal mentioned that might encourage people to buy two cars.

Background

Presently around 23 per cent of the cars registered in Delhi are running on diesel. The cars running are likely to emit 7.5 times more particulate matter (PM) compared to petrol cars. As per WHO, emissions from Diesel cars produce more toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and may cause cancer.

Earlier in April 2015, NGT had banned diesel vehicles over 10 years old in the national capital which has been labelled as one of world’s most polluted city. In November 2015, Delhi government had decided that private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers will ply on odd and even dates from 1st January 2016 for two week.

About National Green Tribunal

NGT is a special fast-track court to handle the expeditious disposal of the cases pertaining to environmental issues. It has been established under the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 to assure the right to a healthy environment of the citizens of India enshrined in Article 21 of Constitution.

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