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Not extending ban on diesel vehicles: NGT

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday said that there was no plan to extend the ban on diesel vehicles prevailing in the national capital and Kerala to other cities across the country.

Not extending ban on diesel vehicles: NGT
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The National Green Tribunal

Nagpur

The clarification came from the green panel which said that as of now it was not planning to extend such ban and it would first examine the data received from different states on pollution levels in various cities. The tribunal also directed all the concerned secretaries of all states to submit an affidavit within three weeks stating two most polluted cities within their territory, total population and vehicle density in each district.

“We are not banning any vehicles. We have asked state governments to submit a report on the pollution levels in various cities. Let that data come and then we will hear different parties and decide accordingly,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The observation came after additional solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for Ministry of Heavy Industries, asked the bench not to extend to other cities the ban on registration of vehicles beyond 2,000 cc. The ASG said that about eight per cent FDI under ‘Make in India’ has come from the automobile industry and the sector generates employment opportunities and any restriction on it would have an adverse effect on the momentum of its growth. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures, opposed the idea of extending diesel ban to other metros and said diesel was not the only source of pollution.

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