Less space to keep impounded vehicles may affect enforcement of NGT order
At present, there is only one traffic pit in Noida - near the Botanic Garden - that can accommodate around 200 four-wheelers.noida Updated: Jul 21, 2016 16:37 IST
Enforcement of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on diesel vehicles that have been operational for more than 10 years may be difficult due to lack of adequate traffic police and space to store impounded vehicles.
The traffic and transport departments, which are responsible to enforce the ban, have been demanding additional space to store impounded vehicles from the Noida Authority for long.
According to transport officials, there are nearly 11,000 registered diesel vehicles in the district that are older than 10 years. The transport officials said that the Noida office has stopped renewing fitness certificate of commercial vehicles in compliance with the NGT order of April 7, 2015.
It is mandatory for commercial vehicles to get an annual fitness certificate. However, there is no such necessity for private vehicles.
“We have seized over 50 diesel vehicles since the order was issued last year. We are following the order and will continue to enforce the ban but the problem of storing impounded vehicles has always been difficult,” Rajesh Singh, assistant regional transport officer (enforcement), Gautam Budh Nagar, said.
At present, there is only one traffic pit - near the Botanic Garden - that can accommodate around 200 four-wheelers.
The transport officials and traffic police have raised the demand of additional pits in several meetings with the district magistrate (DM), NP Singh. The administration identified an additional site in Sector 62 for storing impounded vehicles.
For compliance, the transport department will provide a list of diesel vehicles that have been operational for more than 10 years to the city traffic police.
Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (SP) traffic, Gautam Budh Nagar said he has asked his staff to coordinate with the transport department in this regard.
“The NGT order is to reduce pollution caused by diesel vehicles. We hope to receive the list of 10-year-old diesel vehicles from the transport department soon. There is shortage of staff and space to keep impounded vehicles but we will start using the space in Sector 62 soon,” SP (traffic) said.
The NGT also asked the transport officials to deregister the vehicles.
“Commercial vehicles turn up to the transport office every year for renewal of vehicle fitness certificates and permits, and we can cancel their registration but the same is not the case with private vehicles. Also, after deregistration, it is mandatory to inform all transport offices across the country, along with the chassis number. It is a lengthy process,” a transport official said.