New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday questioned the centre on its policy over the scrapping of old vehicles and the incentives it would offer motorists to have their vehicles scrapped.
NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar said that it had been more than a year since green court passed directions to the Central government to devise a scrapping policy for old vehicles and incentives to encourage motorists to opt for scrapping.
The centre was directed to inform the tribunal at the next hearing about the policy.
The ministry of heavy industries, represented by advocate Balendu Shekhar, told the court that it had prepared a concept note on the scrapping policy which had been circulated to all the states and was awaiting their response on it.
“We have begun the process and are in talks with the ministry of finance for assessing the viability of the proposed scrapping policy.” Shekhar added.
The tribunal also began the process of identifying spaces to dump old vehicles and directed the chief secretary of Delhi and secretaries of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan to hold a meeting to come up with sites for parking old vehicles that were banned from plying in the national capital region.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which had been earlier asked to identify sites for dumping of scrapped vehicles, informed the tribunal that it had finalised two such sites. It was directed to identify more such sites.
On 18 July, the tribunal directed the Delhi government’s transport department to deregister diesel vehicles that were more than 10 years old. It later held that the process of deregistration would begin with the scrapping 15-year-old diesel vehicles.