New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday said that the process of de-registration of diesel vehicles in the national capital region will start with scrapping of 15-year old diesel vehicles, to be followed by less older vehicles.
“Fifteen year old diesel vehicles to be deregistered immediately. 10-15 year old diesel vehicles will follow," said Justice Swatanter Kumar, chairperson of the green tribunal.
Regarding diesel vehicles which are 10-15 years old, the court held that the states’ transport department would be at liberty to issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) to such vehicles.
In addition to this, the court sought a response from all the states regarding identification of low vehicular density areas in each state where these vehicles (10-15 year old) could ply or be sold off.
For the purpose of providing a designated space for carrying out the scrapping process, the court sought details from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) regarding land which could be used for this purpose, once a scrapping policy has been put in place.
The Centre was also questioned on its scrapping policy that would be undertaken to give effect to the courts order.
On 18 July, the tribunal had directed the Delhi government’s transport department to deregister diesel vehicles that are more than 10 years old.
The order had come after complaints of non-implementation of NGT’s order of April 2015, wherein it had banned diesel vehicles that were over 10 years old from plying on the roads of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).
Over the past 18 months, NGT and the Supreme Court have passed a series of orders seeking to control air pollution in the NCR centred around Delhi. For instance, the Supreme Court in December 2015 banned registration of diesel vehicles with engine capacity more than 2,000cc and made it mandatory for all diesel taxis plying in the national capital to convert to CNG.
As of 2014, Delhi had 8.9 million registered passenger vehicles. Of these, there are around 220,000 diesel passenger vehicles and 170,000 commercial vehicles that are over 10 years old, according to industry estimates.