On Monday, the Supreme Court banned the handling of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the NCR. They have clearly announced that those old vehicles will be seized if spotted on roads of Delhi-NCR. The current pollution state in the state is extremely poor. In order to control the awful pollution condition in Delhi, the supreme court ordered the ban on old vehicles.

The order of the Supreme Court was posted in the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and transport departments of Delhi. It allowed the court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) to practice preventive measures following the GRAP externally severe adherence to pollution levels outlined in the program. The GRAP focuses on to reduce air pollution in Delhi-NCR and nearby regions. It can take necessary measures when air condition worsens.

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The Supreme Court judges, Justice Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta announced that the media should publish the order in newspapers. Commenting on the severity of air pollution, they claimed, “If you take a walk in the evening to the Old Delhi railway station, you will see poor people on cycle rickshaws. They have no option but to work outside to earn a living. Hundreds of people are earning their livelihood outside… how do you tell them? Will you tell them to kill themselves by working in all this pollution?”

The bench further added, “They are doing heavy duty manual work. You cannot tell them that you stop your work because it is unsafe for you to work in the morning. This is a very critical situation. “It is horrible”. “The photographs attached to the note indicate a fairly terrible state of affairs with regard to pollution in various parts of Delhi. It is for this reason, we are compelled to pass the above orders in the first instance”.

They also suggested a plan to reach social media account which can be used by Delhi residents to post objections regarding pollution. Currently, the air condition of NCR was reported in the second-most dangerous level. Although, this is not the first time when this step has been taken by the Supreme Court. A few months back, the National Green Tribunal had declared a related prohibition on 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles.

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