Brushing aside individual interests of car owners in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on diesel vehicles older than 10 years from plying on the city’s roads.
“Children are dying in Delhi…We are not going to interfere with this order,” a bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra said, as it dismissed an appeal filed by one Sheela Yadav against the NGT order. The bench observed that no ground was made out in the petition to find fault with the order.
“Go to the tribunal if you want this order to be modified. We don’t find reasons to interfere,” the bench said.
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Underscoring various points brought out in the ‘Death by Breath’ series — an ongoing investigation by The Indian Express on the quality of air in Delhi — the NGT had on April 8 issued a fresh ban on all diesel vehicles older than 10 years from plying in the NCR.
It had earlier prohibited vehicles older than 15 years from plying in Delhi. The operation of the order has been put on hold by the NGT following an outcry from transporters and the government.
Yadav, in her petition, had said she owns a 2003 model Toyota Qualis car, which complied to all fuel emission norms and also had a valid fitness certificate.
A resident of Ghaziabad, she said she used the car to travel to a hospital in Delhi for treatment. Yadav’s petition maintained that the order would also make people like her suffer since their vehicles would be barred despite adhering to all norms set by the government.
Yadav also said the Motor Vehicles Act had pertinent provisions as to when a vehicle should be discarded and the NGT should not overstep on the legislative jurisdiction, while contending that the registration certificate for a vehicle was issued for 15 years at a stretch.
The bench, however, remained unimpressed with the plea and junked the petition.