The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 13 April 2015 has stayed its earlier order on impounding of diesel vehicles that are more than 10 years old for two weeks. The order came in wake of the Delhi government’s request to the Tribunal that services like supply of vegetables and clearing of garbage would be severely affected. [Indian Express]
We may notice that during the hearings in the last 6 months we had asked for the suggestions and comments on all these issues without much result. We do hope that all the Government and concerned stakeholders will respond on these issues without default and delay within the prescribed time. During the period of two weeks that we have provided to all the concerned authorities there shall be impounding of vehicles on account of age.
In furtherance to our earlier orders we make it clear that we are varying our directions only to this limited extent.
Meanwhile after talking to transporter’s association, Transport minister Gadkari said:
“We will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court in a day or two seeking more time, as the two weeks’ time given by NGT is grossly insufficient. We respect the sentiments of the NGT to control pollution, but this issue needs a comprehensive policy and we will seek more time to address it.”[Indian Experss]