Green Tribunal bans vehicles older than 15 years in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) announced 14 measures to address the problem of the worsening state of Delhi's air, among which is a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles older than 15 years. This is likely to take some 10 lakh vehicles off the road. These vehicles are to be seized by authorities, as the RTO has been ordered not to renew or issue registrations for such vehicles, which if parked in a public area will be towed away and ticketed. The authority also banned burning of waste in the open and placed restrictions on parking, ordering a stricter vigil on overloaded trucks entering the city. The NGT that has the powers of a civil court ordered immediate steps to build cycle tracks, and directed authorities to probe the possibility of installing air purifiers at marketplaces in the city. Delhi's air pollution levels are comparable with Beijing, that has already implement similar steps to check the polluted quality of its air.