NGT refuses to lift ban on 10-yr-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal today dismissed the Centre’s plea seeking modification of its order banning ten-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR. The Tribunal noted that emissions from diesel vehicles is carcinogenic in nature and one diesel vehicle causes pollution equivalent to 24 petrol vehicles or otherwise 40 CNG vehicles. The Green panel had issued an order last year directing the Delhi RTO to deregister all diesel vehicles operating in the city that are over 10 years old. Noting that diesel is the prime source of air pollution in Delhi, the tribunal had earlier held that all diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old, will not be permitted to ply in Delhi-NCR. The Centre had earlier opposed the ban, saying there was a “misconception” that only diesel pollutes the environment.

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