The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday banned all diesel vehicles over ten years old in Delhi and adjoining cities.
All vehicles entering Delhi will be checked at borders for pollution, weight and age from Wednesday. Local commissioners appointed by the tribunal will conduct surprise checks.
The NGT had, on November 26, ordered all vehicles more than 15 years old, off Delhi streets to clean up the capital’s air, found the world’s most toxic by the WHO.
The NGT has now sought from Delhi, Haryana and UP, lists of diesel vehicles over 10 years old and petrol ones over 15 yrs old in Delhi.
These two bans apply to both private and commercial vehicles. The tribunal will next hear the matter on April 10.
The tribunal has also sought original files, and notings from Delhi, UP, Haryana to see if its orders are being executed.
The NGT has also stayed some construction projects going on at various places in violation of guidelines and court orders.
Phasing out Delhi’s aging vehicles, one of the biggest contributors to the city’s toxic air, is proving difficult as records have not been updated and there is very little information to go by.
On paper, the city has more than 2.8 million vehicles that are 15 years old and need to be off the roads. But, over the last three months, only 1,110 have been seized by the traffic police.
It is not even known how many of the 2.8 million vehicles have been sold, scrapped or moved out of Delhi.
Vehicular emissions are one of the biggest contributors to air pollution in Delhi, which has the highest numbers of cars in India.
On an average, the Capital adds 1,400 cars on its roads every day.