Addressing concerns expressed by vehicle owners and transporters affected by the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT’s) order banning vehicles older than 10 years from plying in the National Capital Region (NCR), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday advised them to approach the Supreme Court with their grievances.
“The Chief Minister and I met transporters, who had many concerns regarding the ban on diesel vehicles… we want Delhi to be pollution free and we want policy reforms. But we are deliberating on how to take various steps, including phasing out old diesel vehicles,” said Transport Minister Satyendar Jain.
“The transporters suggested that we gradually phase out old vehicles and prepare a policy to implement the NGT’s order. They also sought compensation or some relief in lieu of their vehicles being impounded. We have asked them to approach the Supreme Court and we might directly approach the NGT with these points. We will read the Tribunal’s order, which we have not yet received. We will call the transporters for a second round of deliberations after we read the fine-print of the NGT order and take legal opinion on the points of the order,” he added.
The transporters and car owners also asked the Chief Minister to revoke the ban on granting fitness certificates to vehicles older than 10 years.
“The NGT has not yet fixed a time-frame for the deregistration of vehicles older than 10 years… it has said cars older than 15 years must be deregistered first, after which other vehicles should be deregistered in phases. So we requested the Chief Minister to allow those vehicles, which are not yet 15 years old, to ply on the roads or to be sold off in neighbouring states. The CM said he will take up our grievances and approach the NGT,” said Rajender Kapoor, general secretary of the Delhi Goods Transport Association.
The Delhi government is also planning to seek legal clarification on whether to implement the NGT order, which directs them not to give No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for the sale of vehicles older than 15 years outside Delhi, or obey the Supreme Court, which directed the government to allow vehicles banned in the capital, to be sold outside the state.