The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi government to register two new diesel vehicles, conforming to BS-IV norms, for maintenance of sewer system.
A bench, headed by Justice Sonam Phintso Wangdi, granted the relief on similar terms and conditions which were imposed by the NGT in its May 31 order in which it had directed the government to register 45 new diesel vehicles for garbage management.
While allowing the request for registration of vehicles moved on behalf of Delhi Jal Board, the bench said, “We have heard the counsel appearing for the applicant and also perused the application…and we are satisfied that the applicant is entitled to the prayer made in the application.
“The application is allowed granting permission to get their two BS-IV compliant vehicles registered to be strictly used on behalf of Delhi Jal Board,” it said.
The tribunal had passed the May 31 order on applications moved by East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which had sought permission to buy 45 vehicles for garbage management as registration of new diesel vehicles above 2000cc is banned in Delhi.
The green panel also noted that in the May 31 order, the bench had clarified that these vehicles would be used strictly for transportation of municipal and other allied waste to be dumping site only.
The tribunal had earlier asked the municipal corporations to “condemn and dismantle” vehicles which were over 10-years old and had ordered that new vehicles should be fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS) system.
The plea moved earlier by the civic body had contended that the green panel had last year banned the registration of new diesel vehicles as well as re-registration after 10 years.
Later, the Supreme Court had also banned registration of diesel-run SUVs and cars having engine capacity beyond 2000cc in Delhi and National Capital Region.
Due to this, the transport department was not registering the newly-procured vehicles, which conform to BS-IV norms and not re-registering the old vehicles, it had said.
( Source – PTI )