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NEW DELHI: On the day TOI highlighted the deteriorating air condition in Delhi, the National Green Tribunal cited the report and issued a series of instructions to immediately address the issue.
Among the 14 measures ordered by the Green Court on Wednesday was a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles over 15 years old – a decision that is expected to take around 10 lakh vehicles off the road. He also banned open burning of trash, in addition to imposing restrictions on parking and ordering stricter monitoring of overloaded trucks entering the city.
NGT, which has the powers of a civil court, demanded immediate action for the construction of cycle lanes in the city and asked the authorities to explore the possibility of installing air purifiers in the markets.
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The order was issued by a bench led by NGT Chairman Swatanter Kumar with expert members DK Agarwal and AR Yousuf in response to a petition filed earlier this year on air pollution in Delhi by Vardhaman Kaushik.
“An article published today in the Times of India has come to the attention of the court. He is not only projecting a very dismal situation…with a clear indication that the worst is likely to follow,” the bench said.
NGT said petrol and diesel vehicles over 15 years old will not be allowed to drive on Delhi’s roads. These vehicles must be seized by the authorities in accordance with the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act.
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He also ordered that the RTO not renew or issue registrations for these vehicles or issue certificates of fitness. If such an old vehicle is parked in a public space, it will be towed and challenged, the court heard.
“It is undisputed…that the air pollution of NCT, Delhi is getting worse day by day,” he said.

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Referring to the air pollution peaking in the morning, as reported by TOI, the order read: “This article states that it may not be safe for people in Delhi to go out for walks morning due to heavy pollutants in the air”.
TOI’s report on Wednesday had displayed data from the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and the Delhi Pollution Control Board, which showed that PM2.5 (fine pollution particles) peaked early in the morning, creating a health risk for those exercising outdoors. People exposed to the air in the evening are also at risk of developing respiratory illnesses and complications, the data suggests.
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Air pollution levels in Delhi are comparable to those in Beijing, which has started to implement sweeping measures such as shutting down industries on heavy pollution days, capping vehicles on the road and school closures on poor air quality days.
The NGT bench took a step ahead and ordered that anyone has the right to go to court, the police or the DPCC to complain about the open burning of plastics, leaves and other materials that may cause air pollution. He ordered the DPCC and the Delhi government to set up a web portal where the public can upload photos of such violations. A government-appointed “special force” will enforce the directive and ensure compliance.
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The bench said no parking will be allowed on tarmac roads intended for regular traffic. “The President expressed concern about how the people of Delhi are going to cope with the heavy air pollution season which will last for the next six months. He was tough on immediate action against the air pollution and gave the example of Lajpat Nagar where motorists can take up to 40 minutes to reach the market from the main road due to traffic jams He ordered that parking should only be allowed on a side of these roads close to market areas,” said Narender Pal Singh, a lawyer representing the Delhi government.
The bench also ordered that bike lanes be built immediately in most areas of the city. DPCC has been asked to investigate the possibility of installing air purifiers in all markets, high traffic areas and high traffic areas.
“We make it clear that in the event that any officer or person is found to be violating or failing to comply with these instructions, we will be obligated to take enforcement action and issue such orders as may be required in accordance to the law,” the order said.

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