23/05/2016 10:43 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Diesel Cars Older Than Ten Years Banned In Six Major Cities Of Kerala

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 18: Ambulance stuck during the Huge Traffic at Vikas Marg near PHQ on April 18, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Day four of the Delhi governments odd-even experiment began with reports of major traffic snarls emerging from various parts of the city. The second phase of the odd-even experiment was launched on April 15 to reduce the alarming levels of air pollution in the city. (Photo by Virendra Singh Gosain/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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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