Delhi To Take More Than 29 Lakh Vehicles Off The Road

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The New Delhi government has asked more than 29 lakh vehicles to be taken off the road after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered a ban on vehicles plying on the road which are older than 15 years.

Concerned about the increase in air pollution, NGT had had asked all vehicles, private cars, bikes, commercial vehicles, buses, and trucks to be taken off the road which are 15 years or older.

A senior government official said, "After the NGT's order, we studied the number of vehicles which are over 15 years old and found that there are more than 29 lakh such vehicles, including over 8 lakh four-wheelers and more than 20 lakh two-wheelers plying across the national capital."

NGT has scheduled a meeting on 2nd December, Tuesday to reveal actual numbers and make the necessary arrangements to implement this order.

The fate of vehicles that have had an extended fitness certificate for five years, after completing 15 years, is yet to be decided.

A government official said, "As per the green court's order, we will also have to make a strategy to ban the entry of private vehicles, which are more than 15 years old, but are coming from other states, in the national capital."

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Story first published: Monday, December 1, 2014, 9:24 [IST]
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