How many ve­hi­cles can city take, NGT asks Cen­tre again

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Na­tional Green Tri­bunal has rapped the Union road trans­port min­istry over its fail­ure to sub­mit a re­port on the num­ber of ve­hi­cles per­mit­ted to ply on Delhi roads in pro­por­tion to their ca­pac­ity.

Terming it as a “crim­i­nal of­fence”, a bench headed by NGT chair­per­son Jus­tice Adarsh Ku­mar Goel granted the last op­por­tu­nity to the sec­re­tary of the min­istry to fur­nish the re­port in a month. “It is un­clear why the re­port is still pend­ing de­spite the tri­bunal’s or­der, vi­o­la­tion of which is a crim­i­nal of­fence and may re­quire co­er­cive ac­tion,” the bench added.

The tri­bunal noted that it had or­dered the min­istry to con­duct the study in Oc­to­ber last year, which was sched­uled to be heard on April 29, 2019. How­ever, with­out the re­port, the case was ad­journed thrice, it noted. “The ap­pli­cant must fur­nish a com­plete set of pa­pers to the sec­re­tary and file an af­fi­davit of ser­vice within a week,” NGT said, while post­ing the mat­ter to De­cem­ber 9.

Not­ing the ad­verse im­pact of ve­hic­u­lar emis­sions on the air qual­ity, the tri­bunal had di­rected the trans­port min­istry to con­duct a study on the num­ber of ve­hi­cles that could be per­mit­ted in Delhi in pro­por­tion to the ca­pac­ity of the roads.

The green court had said the men­ace of il­le­gal park­ing and en­croach­ment was a se­ri­ous is­sue not only in Delhi, but in all the ma­jor cities.

The tri­bunal’s di­rec­tions had come while hear­ing a plea filed by a bus op­er­a­tor, Metro Tran­sit Pri­vate Ltd, seek­ing di­rec­tion to re­move the hawk­ers, con­struc­tion ma­te­rial ly­ing on the roads and stop unau­tho­rised park­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­cant, it was dif­fi­cult to con­duct op­er­a­tions as sub­stan­tial parts of the roads were oc­cu­pied ei­ther by the hawk­ers or the ve­hi­cles, which lead to con­ges­tion, adding to the air pol­lu­tion.

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