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Introduce CNG or we’ll stop state transport: NGT to Punjab, 3 other states

The National Green Tribunal on Friday warned of halting state transport in four northern states if they did not introduce CNG, saying most particulate matters in the air inhaled by Delhi residents emanated from there. “What have you done with regard to introduction of CNG stations in your areas? What are you doing about this? We had asked you to submit your response on the issue. What have you done on this?” a bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar said.

punjab Updated: Oct 07, 2016 21:10 IST
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The tribunal directed senior officials from states of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, besides officers of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, to appear before it on October 19, the next date of hearing.(HT File Photo, for representation)

The National Green Tribunal on Friday warned of halting state transport in four northern states if they did not introduce CNG, saying most particulate matters in the air inhaled by Delhi residents emanated from there. “What have you done with regard to introduction of CNG stations in your areas? What are you doing about this? We had asked you to submit your response on the issue. What have you done on this?” a bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The tribunal directed senior officials from states of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, besides officers of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, to appear before it on October 19, the next date of hearing.

“I am being told that over 50% of pollution in Delhi is caused by fine particulate matter which originates from neighbouring states. The air quality in Delhi is getting worse. You should take every measure to introduce CNG stations in your states. If you don’t introduce CNG in you state, we will stop your state transport,” the chairperson added.

The observations came during the hearing of a case filed by Vardhaman Kaushik on the deteriorating air quality in the national capital.

The NGT in September had asked Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to mull over the possibility of installing CNG stations in NCR while refusing to grant permission to over 10-year-old diesel vehicles to ply in these areas.

On July 18, the green panel had directed authorities in Delhi-NCR to cancel the registration of all diesel-powered vehicles which are more than 10 years old. After de-registration, the authorities will issue public notice in this regard and supply the list of such vehicles to the traffic police to take appropriate steps in consonance with directions of tribunal, it had said.

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