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Old diesel vehicle de-registration process begins in Delhi

Old diesel vehicle de-registration process begins in Delhi
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Wednesday 09 November 2016, 19:00 PM

As air pollution levels reach an all-time high in Delhi, the government has initiated the process of deregisteration of over 15 year old diesel vehicles in the capital. The decision is estimated to affect around two lakh old diesel vehicles in the capital. The latest directives, has been issued after a meeting chaired by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, at a time when there has been three-day-long shutdown of schools, construction and demolition came to a halt and a power plant closed owing to toxic smog blanketing the city since Diwali.   

For the first time, the city government has issued a health advisory asking people to avoid visiting highly polluted areas and those with lung problems to not venture out for any activities. It is worth noting that back in July this year, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had asked the Delhi Government to deregister all diesel vehicles over 10 years old. However, it was later decided that the deregisteration process will be undertaken in a phased manned, starting with the vehicles which are already over 15 years old. Earlier this year the NGT ban on over 10 year old diesel vehicles could not be enforced at a larger level, however given the current situation, it is likely that that next deregisteration phase might include 10-year old diesel vehicles as well.

Recently, the government had once again allowed registering new diesel vehicles powered by over 2.0-litre capacity in the capital by paying an additional 1 per cent as environment cess. Post Diwali celebration, the pollution levels in Delhi and NCR region has reached an all-time high with residents complaining about breathing problems and itching in the eyes. Additionally, farm fires in the neighboring states of Haryana and Punjab has aggravated the smog issue.

 

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