SC Bans Entry of Heavy Vehicles in Delhi from Four More Entry Pts

SC bans all heavy commercial vehicles, not bound for Delhi, to enter through NH 2, 10, 58 and SH 57.

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Trucks on the Delhi-Mumbai Highway. (Photo: iStockphoto)

In another directive to clean up the polluted air in the capital, Supreme Court today came out with harsh measures including specifying four more entry points through which no heavy commercial vehicle, unless bound for Delhi, will be allowed entry.

We are not concerned with any other aspect. We are only concerned with the environment. We direct that no heavy commercial vehicles, except those which are bound for Delhi, shall be allowed to enter through entry points at National Highway 2, 10, 58 and State Highway 57.

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The fresh prohibition will restrict heavy traffic inflow in Delhi from Faridabad, Palwal, Ghaziabad and Baghpat. The court, on December 16, had restricted the entry of commercial vehicles into Delhi from NH-8 which connects Jaipur to Delhi and NH-1 that connects the states of Punjab, Haryana and other northern States to Delhi via Kundli border.

Refusing to change its order asking all NCR taxis to convert to CNG by March 31, the bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A K Sikri and R Banumathi sought response from the Centre as to whether it can leapfrog by replacing the existing Bharat Stage (BS)-IV emission norms by BS-VI straightaway by 2017.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, representing the Centre, said it would be difficult as it would need upgradation of refineries and moreover, the government has decided to implement BS-IV emission norms in the entire country from April 2017.

The bench clarified that its earlier order banning registration of diesel vehicles would not come in the way of issuing no-objection certificates for 10-year-old diesel vehicles for the purpose of owners to sell them outside the NCR region and the same would apply for over 15-year-old petrol vehicles as well.

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