The National Green Tribunal (NGT), on 28 November, directed the Delhi government and the Delhi Police to impound 10-year-old four wheelers running on diesel in the capital under the Environment Protection Act.
The bench also directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to hold a meeting with the neighbouring states on the issue of identifying land pockets to be used for impounding four wheelers.
"Vehicles which are already impounded from many years and are in scraped conditions must be removed with immediate effect from Delhi," the NGT said.
NGT had earlier asked both the Central and Delhi governments on their views on impounding old Diesel vehicles. The Central government, however from time to time, reiterated its view that vehicular pollution is not the reason for air pollution in Delhi.
The green panel also directed Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments to hold meeting with chief secretary of Delhi govt for identifying land in border areas to park vehicles banned from plying in Delhi NCR. During the hearing, advocate Balendu Shekhar, appearing for Ministry of Heavy Industries, informed the bench that it was in talks with the Ministry of Finance and was examining the viability of scrapping policy.
The Delhi Development Authority suggested two lands in Delhi for impounding purposes.
Earlier, the NGT had ordered Delhi government to strictly stop over 10-year-old diesel vehicles from plying on the roads in the national capital. The government had also faced a barrage of searching questions on the alarming air pollution levels.
The bench expressed its displeasure that its earlier order banning 10-year-old diesel vehicles was not being seriously executed and hoards of them were still visible on the roads with the traffic police doing nothing in the matter.
--With agency inputs