Registration of new diesel-run vehicles in Delhi has been banned by NGT [ Current Affairs ]

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Registration of new diesel-run vehicles in Delhi has been banned by National Green Tribunal (NGT) to curb the growing menace of air pollution in the capital city. Justice Swatanter Kumar Chairperson of NGT has given this ruling and he also questioned Delhi government’s odd-even formula for vehicles to check pollution in the city.

Key facts:

  • Till 6th January 2016 the ban on registration of new diesel vehicles will be valid as interim steps until the next date of hearing of NGT on Delhi pollution.
  • And they also ordered the central and state government to stop buying diesel cars in Delhi.
  • The tribunal mentioned that might encourage people to buy two cars by Delhi government’s odd-even formula for vehicles.

Background:

  • Right now about 23 % of the cars registered and running on diesel in Delhi.
  • Compared to petrol cars diesel cars running likely to emit 7.5 times more particulate matter (PM).
  • According to WHO emissions from Diesel cars produce more toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) compared to petrol cars and NO2 produced by Diesel care may cause cancer.
  • Previously NGT had banned diesel vehicles which are 10 years old in the world’s most polluted city in April 2015.
  • From 1st January 2016 for two week Delhi government had decided that private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers will drive on odd and even dates in November 2015.

About National Green Tribunal:

  • The cases relating to environmental issues are handled in NGT which is a special fast-track court.
  • Under The National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 it was established make healthy environment of the citizens of India enshrined in Article 21 of Constitution.

- Published on: December 14, 2015