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Kerala HC stays NGT order on diesel vehicles ban

On 23 May, a circuit Bench of the NGT had banned Diesel vehicles more 10 years old from plying in the cities of Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Calicut, Thrissur, Kollam and Kannur
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The Kerala High Court Friday stayed the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banning diesel vehicles more than 10-years-old from plying on roads in Kerala’s big cities

Justice P.B. Sureshkumar ordered the stay on a petition filed by Nippon Toyota.

However, the ban order on old diesel vehicles from plying on roads in major cities in Kerala stays.

On 23 May, a circuit Bench of the NGT comprising Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar and expert member BS Sajwan had banned Diesel vehicles more 10 years old from plying in the cities of Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Calicut, Thrissur, Kollam and Kannur.

It had also directed the state government not to allow registration of any diesel vehicle with a capacity of 2000cc and above in the interim, save for public transport and local authority vehicles.

The newly sworn-in CPM-led LDF government is exploring ways to overcome the practical problems it faced in the wake of the tribunal’s recent restrictions on diesel-powered vehicles.

State Transport Minister A K Saseendran discussed the issue with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who assured the minister to take suitable steps to solve the issue.

“We are not against the NGT and its functioning. But, the recent order has resulted in certain practical problems affecting the people,” Saseendran said in Thiruvananthapuram Friday.

“After consulting with legal experts, government will take a decision whether to go in for an appeal in the High Court, Supreme Court or in the Tribunal itself,” Saseendran said, adding, “government is not against any steps for the preservation and protection of environment.”

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, already facing financial crisis, also would have to phase out some of its carriers as per the order, it was pointed out.

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