1. NGT ban on diesel vehicles will lead to price rise: CAIT

NGT ban on diesel vehicles will lead to price rise: CAIT

Supply of goods, including essential commodities, could be impacted leading to price escalation in the National Capital due to implementation...

By: | New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2015 8:32 PM
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Trucks at the Shahdara checkpost in Delhi at midnight March 31. (Source: Praveen Khanna)

Supply of goods, including essential commodities, could be impacted leading to price escalation in the National Capital due to implementation of NGT’s ban on plying of diesel vehicles that are more than ten years old, traders body The Confederation of Indian Traders (CAIT) said today.

“The NGT order, if implemented in Delhi, will have a great fall out. The supplies of goods, including essential commodities will be greatly effected resulted into escalation in prices and no easy availability of goods,” CAIT said in a statement.

Besides, movement of raw material for various trade and related material may also be impacted which could directly hit about 20 lakh people engaged in the transport business, it said.

CAIT also said that the order of the National Green Tribunal may also lead to “loss of revenue to state government and three MCDs besides lead to unemployment, price hike and non-availability of goods”.

It urged both the state government and the Union government to intervene in the matter and bring out a comprehensive policy to check pollution and till such time the NGT may be approached to keep the order in abeyance.

“About Rs 550 crore business takes place in Delhi per day out of which goods worth Rs 250 crore are transported through vehicles that are more than 10 years old. Do the MCD have sufficient staff to man 122 toll barriers is a big question?” it said.

Though the intention and spirit of the NGT order is correct, it said but instead of a casual approach to meet environmental threats, a comprehensive policy to tackle all aspects of pollution issue needs to be formulated.

It said that as per an estimate about 10 lakh diesel vehicles are registered in Delhi which includes truck, tempo, taxi and car out of which about 2.5 lakh are decade old.

Beside, about one lakh commercial diesel vehicles enters Delhi every day out of which about 25,000 are ten years old.

It also said that due to implementation of this order, the Delhi government will suffer a daily loss of VAT revenue to the tune of Rs 30 crore and MCDs would lose Rs 50 lakh per day which comes through toll tax.

The traders body suggested that instead of the ban, efforts should be made to develop alternative cleaner fuels.

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    Kuldeep Saxena
    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm
    So suddenly the government woke to the issue of pollution in the country for over the years the nation had been busy in cutting trees, no replenishment, mive constructions over the years but from the debris of CWG Village to the number of cars on the roads of the various states. But over the issue of pollution we remained as silent spectators instead of making the stringent laws we had been least concerned on the issue of pollution. Not only this the latest reports on increased level of nics from underground water we just compromised on the issue but just had been busy on unregulated construction activities. Just pollution has been a subject of debates and writing articles by our eminent writers all buried under the debris of the files. Unchecked polluting industries remained unchecked, mive construction activities continued despite warnings by international agencies we just remained taking pride to the most developed nation. The matter do not confines its limit to Delhi but we need to talk on national level. Still we need to work out on checking the number of vichles, deforestation, developing public transportation and other measures as recently there was a report that 'A Delhi citizen smokes more than thirty cigarettes a day' but who is going to treat him in the times to come.
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      t p
      Apr 12, 2015 at 9:34 am
      Though the intention and spirit of the NGT order is correct, a comprehensive policy to tackle all aspects of pollution issue needs to be formulated. Sufficient time & loan facility to the vehicle owners for either overhauling or replacement of vehicles be allowed. Gradually electricity powered road vehicles be introduced with some incentives. Haath Thela be encouraged for local transportations , with supports like no haftaa vasooli from the police/political gunda....etc. *** Jai Hind ***
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