With the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) promising to stop entry of all commercial vehicles in Delhi after the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ban on all diesel vehicles older than 10 years old from operating in Delhi/NCR, Delhi Transport minister Gopal Rai said the government would request the NGT for another hearing.
In response to the NGT order, the AIMTC — the apex body of transporters — said no commercial vehicle would enter Delhi, beginning midnight on Monday. “Just as we were working on a solution, the NGT sent the order. We will request the NGT for another hearing. We are working out the details and will put it before the court,” Rai said.
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AIMTC president Bhim Wadhwa said a representation from the transporters body had met with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. “The government has said it will approach the court. But the strike will be in force from tomorrow,” he said.
AIMTC represents 93 lakh trucks and approximately 50 lakh bus and tourist operators. While terming the order “arbitrary”, Wadhwa said almost all goods consumed in Delhi come from other states. “Onions come from Maharashtra, food grains come from Punjab. The road transport fraternity is facing a lot of uncertainty after this order.”
Meanwhile, Transport Special Commissioner Sanjay Kumar has asked the Delhi Police to direct all SHOs to ensure the presence of adequate personnel at various entry points of Delhi. A senior official said, “We have created several teams for enforcement. These teams have been deployed to check the age, loading status and pollution levels of all vehicles. However, the checking might result in long jams at the border, which in turn might result in law and order issues.”