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NGT forms joint committee to formulate scrapping policy

NGT forms joint committee to formulate scrapping policy

Reports had highlighted absence of a policy to deal with old vehicles in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a joint committee comprising officials from the Delhi government and Centre to prepare a scrapping policy for the Capital, following reports that highlighted absence of a policy to deal with old vehicles.

Noting that the Delhi government has deregistered 40 lakh vehicles, including 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles, a Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the committee to “examine the matter and prepare an appropriate scrapping policy”.

The committee constituted by the NGT will comprise officials from the Union Ministry of Road and Transport, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and the Delhi government.

The green panel has also directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to prepare an action plan for shifting scrapyards from busy localities in Delhi to other “appropriate locations” within three months.

“After scrap is shifted to a suitable locations, the same be handled, processed and disposed as per the guidelines of the CPCB. Such guidelines may be issued by January 31, 2019, by the CPCB” the Bench said.

Air pollution

The directions came after the green panel took suo motu cognisance of a report that said dumping of vehicles in Mayapuri scrap market was leading to air pollution.

“…This has resulted in road space being occupied on account of open air metal-dismantling workshops. Trucks are stuck on road for hours on account of this, causing huge air pollution,” the Bench observed.

Earlier, the NGT had directed constitution of a seven-member Special Task Force (STF) comprising representatives from the CPCB, the Delhi Development Authority, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and others, over pollution caused by scrap business.

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