SUBJECT :Environmental Pollution 

 It is virtually the end of the road for all 10-year-old diesel-run vehicles in the National Capital Region (NCR), including Delhi, after the National Green Tribunal today rejected the Centre’s request to lift or relax the ban, saying the government failed to prove such vehicles didn’t harm public health.

A three-member Bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said emissions from diesel vehicles were much more harmful than from vehicles run on petrol or CNG, besides being carcinogenic that shortened lifespan of people. A new diesel car is equivalent to 24 petrol and 84 new CNG cars on road, it said.

Referring to a Central Pollution Control Board report, the NGT said the use of diesel was highly carcinogenic and led to untimely fatality. 

It indicted the state machinery for failing to ensure clean air. 

After the NGT’s refusal to lift or relax the ban on 10-year-old diesel-run vehicles in the NCR, the Centre has the option of approaching the Supreme Court as the last resort.  — TNS

Source: The Tribune