In a landmark ruling, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday banned all the diesel vehicles registered ten years ago from plying in six major cities of Kerala.
The ‘God’s Own Country’ faces a serious environmental threat from pollution as greenery is fast depleting and temperature soaring to record high levels this summer.
In April, the Tribunal said that diesel vehicles over 10 years old will not be allowed to run in Delhi. That ruling was in response to rising vehicular pollution in the capital.
According to news reports, the vehicles will have to be taken off the roads within 30 days. The tribunal said that the violators will be fined Rs 5,000 as environmental compensation.
The green court's special circuit bench at Ernakulam, that was hearing a petition filed by lawyers of an environmental awareness forum also ruled that no new diesel vehicle with an engine capacity of more than 2000 cc will be registered in the state going forward. The only exception to this will be public transport and local authority vehicles.
The court also directed the state government to check on the availability of CNG, a cheaper and cleaner fuel, in the state and inform it.
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