The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday issued directions to Delhi’s regional transport office (RTO) to deregister diesel vehicles more than 10 years old. However, Noida and Ghaziabad residents said the order would adversely affect diesel vehicles plying from their cities to Delhi.
Some residents were of the opinion that the tribunal should also issue a similar order for other areas of the National Capital Region (NCR) in order to bring more clarity on plying of diesel vehicles more than 10 years old from NCR cities to Delhi.
“There are a number of such vehicles that ply to Delhi and may be stopped there as per the NGT order. Commuters in such vehicles will face issues. We feel that the NGT should be rolling out a similar order for other NCR cities such as Ghaziabad that also face severe problems of air pollution. In fact, the NGT must take a step ahead and issue such orders for all polluted cities across the country,” said Colonel TP Tyagi (retired), chairman of Ghaziabad RWA Federation.
Residents are also concerned that the ban would affect the many people who use such vehicles to earn their livelihood.
“I have learnt that the ban also applies to cars. This would affect people who use diesel cabs and cars for commuting,” said Harish Joneja, a member of the Noida Entrepreneurs’ Association (NEA).
In April last year, the tribunal had ordered ouster of diesel vehicles over 10-years-old from Delhi and NCR. It had also ordered that petrol vehicles more than 15 years old not be registered in the region.
“We are complying with the April 2015 orders of NGT. We are not re-registering diesel vehicles more than 10-years-old and petrol vehicles more than 15-years-old. In fact, we have allowed issuance of no-objection certificate (NOC) for such vehicles (to be moved out) from our region. We are not endorsing or allowing any such vehicles to come to our region,” said Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer, Ghaziabad region.
“Fresh registrations of diesel vehicles of 2000cc and above are already banned and are not being conducted,” Jyoti added.
As per the records of the regional transport department, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Hapur and Bulandshahr districts under the Ghaziabad transport region have more than 42,300 diesel vehicles, registered before July 18, 2006.
These include nearly 7,600 in Gautam Budh Nagar, 14,188 in Ghaziabad, 19,926 in Bulandshahr and 634 in Hapur district.
“We are waiting for the fresh order (Monday’s) of the NGT and would be able to comment only when we receive it,” said Rachna Yaduvanshi, assistant regional transport officer (ARTO), Noida.
Officials from Ghaziabad are also complying with earlier directions of the Environmental (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) to divert trucks travelling through Delhi on alternate routes.
The Supreme Court had earlier directed that trucks can enter Delhi by paying an environmental compensation charge, but those registered in 2005 or earlier do not qualify for entry.