New Delhi, Oct 30: Terming as “very critical” the prevailing situation of pollution in Delhi-NCR region,,the Supreme Court Monday prohibited the plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the national capital region (NCR) and directed the transport department to announce that such cars would be impounded if found plying.
The Supreme Court Monday directed that a list of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles be published on the website of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and transport department.
The apex court termed the air quality of Delhi as “critical, pitiable and terrible”.
A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta said that advertisement on this should also be published in the newspapers.
The bench directed the CPCB to immediately create a social media account on which citizens could lodge their complaints directly about pollution on which appropriate action could be taken by the authorities concerned.
The apex court had rejected a plea against the NGT’s order banning plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles on Delhi roads. Delhi’s air quality continued to remain in the “very poor” category Monday, with an overall Air Quality Index of 348, as a thick haze engulfed the city.
The Central Pollution Control Board has warned that the situation will only worsen in the weeks to come. Another area of concern for the authorities is polluting firecrackers, which continue to be sold despite a Supreme Court order allowing only those with green certification. However, there is a lack of clarity among traders in this regard.