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No NOC to old vehicles if states don't comply: NGT

The green panel said the states should identify areas where the dispersion of the air is higher

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Green on Thursday said 'no objection certificate' or would not be granted to de-registered in Delhi-for plying in other areas if the states concerned did not identify "no-pollution" zones.

A bench headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the states and to earmark areas having less vehicle density.

The green panel said the states should identify areas where the dispersion of the air is higher so that banned can be allowed to ply there.

"Have you (states) identified no-zones in states so that we can send old diesel to such areas? Why don't you people do it? If the states do not tell us places to accommodate 10-year-old then there is no question of allowing such vehicles," the bench said.

Justice R S Rathore was also on the bench.

During the hearing, the counsel appearing for the told the bench that and some other states have identified such areas and would file a detailed report on it.

When the asked about such areas, the counsel appearing for the state said that he would have to seek instructions on the issue.

The matter has been fixed for hearing on August 24.

Earlier, the had asked all states and to identify and inform it about the "no-pollution" zones in their areas for plying of de-registered which have been barred from running in the capital region (NCR).

The had last year ordered the to cancel the registration of all diesel-powered vehicles over 10 years old and barred them from plying.

It had then ordered that only de-registered diesel vehicles which were less than 15-year-old could get for plying in select areas outside Delhi-to be decided by states where vehicle density was less.

The green panel had in July last year said that all the vehicles which were de-registered would not be permitted to ply in Delhi-

"However, the authorities will issue for such vehicles to be registered outside Delhi/NCR. We further clarify that in terms of the orders of the tribunal, every state has to identify areas where the dispersion of the air is higher and vehicular density is least...And put them on the respective websites," it had said, adding that the RTO, would issue NOC for transfer of these vehicles only for such areas which were identified by the states.

First Published: Thu, August 03 2017. 19:01 IST