SC prohibits plying of 15-yr-old petrol, 10-yr-old diesel vehicles in NCR

The Supreme Court (SC )prohibited the plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the Delhi-NCR (national capital region) in a move to deal with the prevailing “very critical” and “horrible” pollution situation in Delhi-NCR.A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta also clarified that such vehicles would be seized, if found on roads in Delhi-NCR.

The Graded Response Action Plan is aimed at tackling air pollution in Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas and it is designed to take urgent corrective action when air quality declines. First, of its kind, the Plan envisages to roll out a host of emergency measures like the closure of power plants and schools. It also includes the issue of advisories asking people to avoid polluted areas and restrict outdoor movement.

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Key Highlights 

  • The apex court directed that a list of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles will be published on the website of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and transport departments of the NCR area.
  • The bench directed the CPCB to immediately create a social media account on which citizens could lodge their complaint about pollution directly, which will be acted upon by the task force responsible for implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
  • It permitted the court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) to take preventive measures under the Graded Response Action Plan without strict adherence to pollution stages defined in the plan.
  • The Transport Departments of NCR will immediately announce that all the diesel vehicles more than 10 years old and petrol vehicles more than 15 years old shall not ply in NCR in terms of the order of the National Green Tribunal dated April 7, 2015, that was challenged in the court and the civil appeal was dismissed.

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