NGT dismisses Centre’s plea, refuses to lift ban on 10-yr-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR


New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today dismissed the Centre’s plea seeking modification of its ban order on diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR.

Refusing to lift ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles, NGT said, “one diesel vehicle causes pollution equal to 24 petrol vehicles and 40 CNG vehicles”.

In November 2014, the NGT, in a bid to tackle increasing air pollution in Delhi, held that all diesel and petrol vehicles which were more than 15 years old would not be permitted to ply on Delhi roads.

Thereafter, the tribunal had again in April 2015 ordered that all diesel vehicles of more than 10 years old would not be permitted to ply in Delhi.

In January 2017, the Centre moved the Supreme Court seeking the lifting of the ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi and NCR, saying it was affecting the economically weaker section of people.

In July 2017, the union government challenged the NGT’s order to phase out diesel vehicles, saying there was no legal provision for the move described by a car maker as a “corporate death penalty”.

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