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No more new diesel vehicles would be registered in Delhi: NGT


New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday said that no more new diesel vehicles would be registered in the national capital

This would be an interim step till the next date of hearing on January 6, the tribunal said.

According to experts, there are about five lakh diesel cars in Delhi.

The tribunal also questioned the Delhi government’s odd-even formula for vehicles to check air pollution and said the move may not achieve the desired results. The NGT also said that the odd-even formula may force people to buy two cars.

The Delhi government had announced that private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers will ply on odd and even days of the week from January 1, with no such restrictions on Sundays.

In view of serious contribution of vehicular pollution to the air quality of National Capital Region of Delhi, it is important that the government should take a serious view and a decision on whether any diesel vehicle, old or new, should be registered in Delhi,” a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

As an interim measure till the next date of posting subject to hearing of all the concerned parties, we direct that diesel vehicles of more than 10 years of age as already directed, as well as new diesel vehicle would not be registered in NCR Delhi,

The tribunal directed the Centre and state governments to consider not to buy diesel vehicles for use.

We direct all public authorities, corporation, Delhi Development Authority, police and other public departments to prepare an action plan for phasing out diesel vehicles, particularly trucks, used by all these bodies,

It also directed that the action plan must be placed before the tribunal on the next date of hearing.

Although diesel vehicles pollute more than petrol cars, you cannot stop people from buying them. The demand for petrol cars will go up,” Vikram Tongad, founder-president of a non-governmental organisation, Social Action for Forest and Environment (SAFE), told.

“It is a short-term measure,” he added.

A government official said they will take appropriate action after going through the order.

On the issue of waste-burning in the open, the tribunal said: “We direct all the corporations, DDA, cantonments and SHOs of police stations concerned that they would ensure that no waste is burnt in the open and none is disobeying the directions.

The penalty for burning waste in the open is Rs.5,000.

We also direct that builders who keep their dust, sand, cement, bricks and other construction materials on public place and roads, as per the directions of the tribunal already issued, would not be permitted to do so,

Besides seizure of such materials under the provision of the Municipal Corporation Act of Delhi, they would be liable to pay environmental compensation of Rs.50,000 for each violation, the tribunal added.

Delhi has close to 90 lakh registered vehicles, of which almost a third are cars. Around 1,500 new vehicles are added every day.

In April, the tribunal banned diesel vehicles of over 10 years old in the capital city.

In November 2014, the bench banned all vehicles that were more than 15 years old. (IANS)



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NGT tells Himachal Govt to take steps to reduce noise pollution


Shimla: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Himachal Pradesh government to take a slew of steps aimed at reducing air and noise pollution in the state capital.

The state has been ordered to impose Rs.500 as “green tax” on each vehicle emitting pollution on Shimla’s restricted roads, including the Mall Road.

The tribunal asked the government to consider implementing one-way traffic on the Cart Road, the circular road in the state capital.

“Definite steps are required to be taken at the earliest. If not taken now, the day is not far when ambient air quality of Shimla would deteriorate to an undesirable level, causing health hazards,” the NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar observed.

“It’s a matter of common knowledge that air and noise pollution, particularly in Shimla, is increasing by the day. Traffic congestion is one of the major contributors to such excessive pollution,” the bench said.

The state was ordered to declare “silence zones” and display sign boards at conspicuous places in Shimla and ensure that no noise was produced by any process, including horns, in such zones.

The tribunal also directed to ensure no parking was allowed on the sealed roads, besides smooth traffic movement on the Cart Road.

The NGT asked the Himachal government to revisit all vehicle permits for sealed and restricted roads within three months, completely prohibiting or restricting vehicular traffic on such roads.

The 13-page order asked that the state government take immediate steps to strictly comply with the directions.

It said authorities had not complied with its earlier orders.

Favouring the practice of automobile-free zones, the Himachal Pradesh High Court had also sought status reports from the state as to how many vehicles were allowed to ply on the sealed roads of Shimla.

It also sought replies on the steps taken to implement the Shimla Road Users and Pedestrians (Public Safety and Convenience) Act of 2007.

Shimla has several automobile-free zones to facilitate unrestricted movement of pedestrians.(IANS)

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Will clean Yamuna within three years: Delhi minister


By NewsGram Staff-Writer


New Delhi: Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra on Wednesday asserted that the Yamuna river will be cleaned within the next three years.

While conducting a boat-inspection at Yamuna, Mishra claimed, “The Yamuna river which has now been reduced to a dark grey-coloured lifeless river, will be cleaned thoroughly within the next three years.”

He said, “The oxygen level in the river has also gone way below the required. We’ll make the river so clean that people will be able to bathe in it. Earlier their was a lack of political will to clean the river, but now we will make Yamuna’s cleaning a public movement.”

During the boat-ride for inspection from Wazirabad barrage to the ITO barrage, he was accompanied by officials of various departments such as Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Development Authority and Delhi Pollution Control Committee

“During this fact-finding session, I saw solid waste, dirty water and other pollutants being thrown into the river. This is the first time when somebody from the government has inspected the Yamuna. The changes will be visible within six months,” Mishra added.

With Inputs from IANS

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National Green Tribunal rubbishes Delhi Police on route plan


By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal censured the Delhi Police on Tuesday owing to the incomplete information it passed on to the tribunal regarding alternate routes for commercial vehicles passing through the city to de-clog the roads.

Further, the tribunal has also asked Delhi Police to hold meetings with senior officials from Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in order to chalk out alternate routes for heavy polluting vehicles.

The issue of contention in the aforesaid case is the incoherent information shared by the police officials during the tribunal’s hearing, said Justice Swatanter Kumar, NGT chairperson.  The bench has asked the police to submit a complete by Wednesday.

During the hearing the Delhi Police told the tribunal that the new suggested by the National Highways Authority of India ( NHAI) is four lane and is adequate to cater to a traffic of more than 50,000 PCUs.