The National Green Tribunal or NGT has refused to modify its order directing de-registration of diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR which are more than 10 years old.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the appeal against its order has already been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
“As stated in the order dated 18th July, 2016, appeal against the order dated 7th April, 2015, which had directed that diesel vehicles older than 10 years are not allowed to ply on the roads of Delhi-NCR, The Supreme Court had rejected.
“In these circumstances, the amendment sought is in the nature of review. The order against which the appeal has already been dismissed is not allowed to be reviewed. The applications are dismissed,” the bench said.
The tribunal was hearing a petition filed by the Haryana Progressive Schools Conference, an association of schools affiliated to CBSE and ICSE in the state of Haryana, seeking implementation and amendment of the NGT’s orders.
By the said orders, the NGT directed to cancel the registration of diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old.
The ground of prayer in the present applications was that the COVID-19 period be excluded for computing the period of 10 years.
The NGT had earlier refused to lift the ban on such vehicles in Delhi-NCR, observing that emissions from diesel vehicles were carcinogenic.
The green panel said that the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has failed to prove that the use of 10-year-old diesel vehicles will not be injurious to the health of the people.
It also said that a report by the pollution monitoring body has declared that one new diesel car is equivalent to 24 petrol and 84 new CNG cars.
Citing a report published by the Central Pollution Control Board, the green body said the use of diesel in vehicles was highly toxic, carcinogenic and causes untimely death.
On April 7, 2015, the NGT had banned all diesel vehicles older than 10 years from plying on the roads of Delhi-NCR.
Later, on 18 and 20 July 2016, it ordered de-registration of 15 to 10 year old diesel vehicles in the national capital in a phased manner.
It had said that diesel vehicles which are 15 years old must be de-registered first and will not get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for driving outside Delhi-NCR.
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