The traffic police have started diverting trucks, registered in 2005 or earlier, which are not bound for Delhi, on alternate routes that bypass the national capital.
The move follows recent directions of the Supreme Court and a subsequent meeting of states’ officials undertaken by the environment pollution (prevention & control) committee on December 19 in this regard.
The trucks from Moradabad that are bound for Haryana, Punjab or Rajasthan would pass through Hapur, Meerut and Baghpat, without entering Delhi.
“The trucks from UP that are bound for Rajasthan would pass through Sikanderabad, Jewar, Palwal and then move towards Haryana or Rajasthan. That way, the trucks would not enter Delhi. We have asked truck drivers to follow the routes with immediate effect,” said Amar Singh, superintendent of police (traffic).
Truck drivers said they will comply with the directions as the alternate routes will help ease road congestion and reduce pollution in Delhi as well as Ghaziabad.
“These were some of the old routes prescribed. Now, the trucks which are not bound for Delhi will use these routes with immediate effect. This will increase the distance by 40-50km and will also increase costs. The major issue is that we do not have any major connecting bypass road to neighbouring states. Also, there are many bad stretches on these routes,” said Ajay Pathak, president of Ghaziabad Mahanagar goods transport association.
The association of truck drivers said they have also informed their counterparts in different areas so that they don’t get confused when they approach Delhi.