Delhi govt, traffic police say they don’t have adequate staff to implement NGT order on diesel vehicles

Delhi government and traffic police say that they donu0027t have adequate staff to enforce the NGT ban.

By: | Updated: March 21, 2016 12:32 PM

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After National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned all diesel-run vehicles which are more than 10 years old in the national capital, both Delhi government and traffic police on Wednesday said they don't have adequate staff to enforce it.

Delhi government, citing staff crunch, has written to traffic police to implement the NGT order but the police said that it will be extremely difficult for them to implement this new order with its current resources and manpower.

According to a senior government official, the transport department has only 150 staff in enforcement section and in view of this, the department cannot implement NGT's order on its own.

The department's officials said that there are 1,18,776 private vehicles and 34,659 commercial vehicles which are more than 15-year-old.

"Six to seven teams are deployed at different parts of the city every day and night. We are already facing staff crunch as there are 600 posts vacant lying for a long time. We cannot implement the green court's order alone," said a senior official requesting anonymity.

The official said that keeping this in mind, "we have written to Delhi Traffic Police to launch a crackdown against vehicles which are more than 10 year old.

"Traffic police looks after the traffic management of the city. Transport department will also deploy teams at 11 entry points with limited resources but traffic police should also be roped in to strongly implement this order," the official said.

On the other hand, the traffic police said that implementing the green court's order will be difficult for them with the current resources and manpower.

"We are still struggling to implement last year's order of ban on vehicles more than 15 years old. Now, implementing this new order of banning diesel vehicles which are more than 10- year-old will be even tougher," said a senior police official.

On Tuesday, the National Green Tribunal had held that all diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old will not be permitted to ply in Delhi.

Noting that diesel is prime source of air pollution in Delhi, the Tribunal said the situation is so alarming that people have been even advised to leave Delhi due to adverse effects on health.

The Tribunal directed the transport department of Delhi government and other concerned authorities to prepare a comprehensive data of registration of all such vehicles which are 10 or more years old.

It slammed the authorities for not complying to its orders of November 26, 28 and December 4 last year to better the air quality standards of the capital.

"All authorities and the state have utterly failed to comply with the directions of the Tribunal. Authorities have not even initiated action for compliance.

"Due to the increasing pollutants of air, the life of residents of NCR is becoming more vulnerable to various diseases and the greatest sufferers are young children," it said.

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