NGT also directed the State and Central government against buying new diesel vehicles for the department. The instructions come soon after it was declared that the pollution levels in the capital are much above the acceptable level.
A petition seeking the ban of the Diesel car in Delhi and other cities will be heard by the supreme court on December 15. Arvind Gupta, who filed the petition in 2013 requested the Chief Justice of India to hear the case.
The Delhi government has announced the “odd-even formula” from the new year to cut down pollution. The system, which should be tested on the consecutive 15 days from new year will allow the odd and even numbered cars on alternate days.
NGT has questioned the Delhi government’s decision and said that such a movement may not achieve the desired purpose. NGT said that the odd-even formula will led people to buy two cars
The supreme court called the pollution in Delhi “embarrassing”. “Delhi has earned a bad name that it is the most polluted city. Last week a Judge came from the International Court of Justice to Delhi. It is very embarrassing for us to tell him that this is the level of pollution in Delhi,” said the Supreme court on Thursday.
The inadequate number of public vehicles will be a major headache to Delhi government in implementing the revolutionary car free scheme. To overcome this the Delhi government will double the number of public buses,allow auto drivers to work for longer hours and also asked the DMRC to increase the frequency of metro trains. Transport minister ,Gopal Rai said 4,000 private contract buses and 2,000 CNG school buses will be added to the existing cluster of buses.
Last year the WHO declared Delhi as the ‘most polluted city in the world’. Earlier,the US Embassy’s air quality index announced a reading of 999 in the RK Puram area, which experts said would consider as a public health emergency in other parts of the world.