In wake of ban imposed by Supreme Court, the National Green Tribunal has refused to allow registration of 10 new diesel vehicles which specify the Bharat Stage- III norms. This decline to offer any kind of relief has been done to East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) by a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.
The council for EDMC has said that the corporation purchased the BS-III stage vehicles on March 30, 2017, two days before the guidelines were implemented. A ban on using these vehicles will be not the logical thing to do, claim the counsel appearing for EDMC in the case.
The Supreme Court had on March 29th imposed a ban on vehicles which do not comply with BS-IV norms. These emission norms came into order from April 1st, 2017. Many people and organizations have purchased vehicles hat discounted prices on March 30th and 31st since these were BS-III compliant. However, with NGT imposing ban on vehicles purchased by EDMC, it would be interesting to see if such rule applies to other vehicles purchased on these days which were not BS-IV complaint.
If such a thing happens for private vehicle owners also, it will be a serious problem as thousands of BS-III vehicle owners would be in trouble.