The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea challenging the National Green Tribunal's order prohibiting diesel vehicles over 10 years old from plying in the national capital. "Let us help and not discourage the NGT," said the SC bench said while dismissing the petition. The NGT had earlier issued an order that all 10-year-old diesel vehicles and 15-year-old petrol ones be taken off the roads in the National Capital Region. The order covered light and heavy vehicles as well.
The order will affect 1,18,773 private vehicles and 34,659 commercial vehicles in the city. Besides, more than 5 lakh vehicles enter Delhi every day of which around 50,000-75,000 are trucks and about 2,500 are state transport buses. All these run on diesel and are likely to face trouble.
However, the implementation of the order will be easier said than done. While environmentalists welcome the move, the government may find difficult to meet the 20-hour deadline. But those who welcome the ban feel that it will be impossible to fight the growing air pollution problem in Delhi unless some strict measures are taken.