How many vehicles can city take, NGT asks Centre again
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.