Roadways drivers don’t know age of buses, carry no papers

NGT rejected the plea on Friday and asked Delhi government to file a “data-based” application in the matter.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published:April 11, 2015 3:03 am
delhi, delhi air pollution, death by breath Goods trucks are a major target of NGT’s ban on 10-year diesel vehicles. (Source: Express Archive)

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has told its local commissioners deputed to check vehicles to file a “collective report” with their recommendations after they informed the tribunal that drivers of state roadways buses expressed “surprise” at being asked for papers proving the age of their vehicles.

Local commissioners told an NGT bench that they had stopped roadways buses belonging to different states at various border points to check for the age of the vehicles and the drivers said they didn’t know how old their vehicles were. “They didn’t even know they had to carry any papers apart from their licenses,” they told NGT. The commissioners also reportedly told NGT that the Delhi transport department was reeling from a number of problems with regard to equipment and manpower.

In its order, NGT ordered its commissioners to file “recommendations that they wish to make for better implementation” of the directions of the Tribunal. “Let the copies of the inspection report be furnished to all the learned counsel appearing in this case for government and public authority and state, who should file their response within one week from today,” it said.

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It also directed the commissioners to “visit the entry points” to Delhi and said the police will provide them “due assistance”.

The Delhi government has, meanwhile, submitted a plea for a temporary exclusion of essential services such as fire tenders, ambulances and jail vans from the NGT ban on diesel vehicles aged 10 and over and sought six months to implement the ban.

NGT rejected the plea on Friday and asked Delhi government to file a “data-based” application in the matter. “Our order will stand as it is. Bring appropriate data to show how this order can be implemented better,” the bench said.

SAMPLES FROM LANDFILLS

NGT on Friday asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take air and water samples around three landfill sites in the Bhalswa, Okhla and Ghazipur areas of Delhi. The NGT bench issued notice to the Union Environment Ministry, the Delhi government, DPCC, the municipal corporations and others on a plea seeking stoppage of dumping of any kind of solid waste at the city’s three main landfill sites.    Ens

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