Already banned in Delhi, diesel-run public transport is facing the axe in NCR towns too. Implementing a Supreme Court order, the Environment Protection Control Authority on Saturday directed seven districts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to halt with immediate effect registration of autos, taxis and buses that run on diesel.
The body also ordered district authorities to stop issuing fitness certificates to diesel-run autos and taxis from January 1 and buses from June 1. The direction was issued to Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonepat, Bahardurgarh and Jhajjar districts in Haryana, and Ghaziabad, Meerut and Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.
“The move had been under discussion for quite some time. Seeing the urgency, it was thought that the time for the restriction was ripe. Representatives of all the state gover nments were present and the decision was taken after thorough discussion,” said a Centre of Science and Environment member.
The EPCA met to facilitate the implementation of the Supreme Court order imposing a ban on registration of diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of over 2,000 cc till March 31.
According to several reports, diesel vehicles are several times more polluting than petrol variants.
Several countries across the world disincentivise buying diesel vehicles.
Paris and London have banned diesel vehicles from several parts of the city.
Saturday’s meeting had participation from the CSE, pollution control authorities, and around 50 officials from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana.
Officials from public sector undertakings in Delhi, the states’ pollution control bodies and the traffic police from Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were also present.