New Delhi, Apr 7: The National Green Tribunal has barred diesel vehicles that are more than 10 years old from plying in Delhi in an attempt to curb vehicular pollution, a move that's likely to take an estimated 10 lakh vehicles off the road, especially taxis.
Tribunal had asked the government to submit a report on the proposal to ban all diesel vehicles on March 16 in this regard and improve the air quality in Delhi.
A bench headed NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had also asked them to submit the exact number of diesel vehicles plying in the capital and their impact on air quality.
The WHO even rated Delhi as the most polluted city in the world. [Govt should focus on cleanliness of environment: NGT]
According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Chandni Chowk is the highest polluted city in the country.
Delhi adds 1400 cars every day
Vehicular emissions are one of the biggest contributors to air pollution in Delhi, which has the highest numbers of cars in India.
Delhi adds 1400 cars to its roads every day. Over the last decade, the number of vehicles in Delhi has jumped by an alarming 97 per cent, considering that half the cars sold after the year 2000 in city are diesel cars.
Delhi Economic Survey says that the vehicular population in capital registered a 135.59 per cent jump between 1999-2000 and 2011-12 to touch 74.53 lakh from 31.64 lakh.
The tribunal had earlier said that it was "pained" to note that despite its repeated persuasive and mandatory orders, the authorities didn't took effective steps.
Being a state subject, and final decision would rest on Delhi government.