The Delhi government on Tuesday decided to hold random checks on diesel trucks older than five years and 10 years at the Burari facility. The decision was taken after various transport associations met Transport Minister Gopal Rai.
Organisations whose representatives met the minister included the All India Motor Transport Congress and the Delhi Truckers’ Association.
“We will examine the pollution emissions of 100 10-year-old and five-year-old diesel vehicles, each. By doing this, we will be able to study the actual status of pollution emissions of these types of vehicles,” a government official said.
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He said that truckers in the city had raised various grievances claiming that 10-year-old vehicles were fit to ply on roads, and that the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banning these vehicles was unfair to them.
The checks at the Burari facility will be conducted in the presence of an NGT-appointed commissioner, environmentalists and Transport department officials for assessment of the emissions and the level of pollution caused by them.
The transport minister is also scheduled to hold a jan sunvai (public hearing) on April 28 to hear various issues raised by different transport bodies.
The government will then make a plan to implement the NGT’s order banning diesel vehicles older than 10 years on Delhi’s roads.
The Transport department will soon convene a joint meeting of traffic police, transport and MCD officials.