Authorities in the national capital are mulling the use of a machinery disposal plant in Burari to crush and dismantle older, deregistered diesel vehicles, in compliance with the orders of the National Green Tribunal.
At a recent meeting attended by officials of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Delhi police and civic body officials, a representative of the north corporation suggested using a plant under the Burari Transport Authority to dispose of impounded vehicles more than 15 years old.
“The corporation will now file a report on this and discuss the possibility of its implementation with the Delhi police. Lack of land is a hurdle in scrapping old vehicles. A dismantling plant is the only way out,” a senior DDA official told HT.
Delhi has more than eight million vehicles. Nearly 1.8 lakh private vehicles are older than 15 years. These are the biggest polluters, since they do not observe strict emission norms.
In November, the Delhi government began the process of scrapping vehicles older than 15 years. The traffic police, however, were in doubt about what to do with the impounded vehicles, as there were no clear guidelines about it.
At the moment, the traffic police have only eight pits with, a capacity to accommodate 8,000 abandoned vehicles. This, compared to the 8.9 million registered vehicles in Delhi, is a miniscule capacity.
The NGT has already asked the Centre to frame a policy regarding incentives for scrapping vehicles that are over 15 years old.
Pressurising government agencies to implement the ban, the National Green Tribunal had earlier asked agencies to identify sites to dump scrapped vehicles, as soon as possible.
After the Delhi Development Authority submitted that it has proposed two such sites, the bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar asked the agency to coordinate with the municipal corporations and identify more such spaces. It also directed the Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments to hold a meeting with Delhi chief secretary to identify land in border areas to park vehicles banned from plying in Delhi-NCR.