Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government has reportedly drafted rules that aim at making Delhi the first Indian city with an “end of vehicle life” policy. The rules, which are yet to get the government’s final approval, have been framed to implement a 2014 National Green Tribunal order which said that vehicles older than 15 years should neither be allowed to ply on the roads nor allowed to be parked in public spaces. As per a report by the Hindustan Times, such vehicles will be sent to scrap dealers for dismantling.
If ‘Delhi Scrapping of Vehicles Rules, 2018’ gets the government’s nod, then, the impounding of vehicles will begin from next year. The move is sure to have a big impact on the national capital as Delhi has over one crore registered vehicles, of which about 37 lakh are older than 15 years, according to government data. As per the provisions of the draft, the owners of impounded vehicles will be paid a scrapping charge, which has not yet been outlined.
As per the report, there will also be an option for the vehicle owners to give their vehicle to the scrap dealers. The process will be made online with vehicle owners having the option to choose a dealer using a mobile application. The portal will also be available on transport department’s website. The enforcing agencies responsible for implementing the rules are traffic police, municipal corporations and transport department, adds the report.
Under the Delhi Scrapping of Vehicles Rules, 2018, the government is expected to issue licences to scrap dealers who have scrapyards of at least 1,000 square yards in non-residential areas in Delhi-NCR. Only Delhi Pollution Control Committee-certified dealers will get the license. To ensure that the scrapping is done in a non-hazardous and environment-friendly way, the rules will also make it mandatory for licensed scrap dealers to have CCTV cameras installed in their yards.