If you’re planning to buy a new diesel vehicle in Delhi then things don’t look great for you. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered that no new registrations for diesel vehicles will be made in the national capital.
This is what Justice Swatanter Kumar, the chairperson of NGT had to say about the latest ban,
As an interim measure and subject to hearing all parties in the case, we direct that diesel vehicles which are more than 10-year old and new diesel vehicles would not be registered in Delhi.
The NGT has also questioned the recently announced odd-even formula, according to which vehicles with the registration number ending with an odd digit will be allowed to play on odd days and even ones on even days. There will be exemptions and penalties, of course, but the rule will enter a trial phase for the first fifteen days, starting January 1. The tribunal said the plan might not get the desired result and may even force people to buy two cars instead.
In addition, the state and centre both were ordered to not register any diesel vehicles for their departments from now on. Diesel cars that are over 10 years old are also banned in Delhi, which means that they cannot be re-registered in the city. Owners will have to dispose their older vehicles outside Delhi, at a reduced resale value. The NGT has been cracking down on diesel vehicles for a while now. 23 % of vehicles on Delhi’s roads are diesel powered, and are said to be a major cause of air pollution levels.