The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has asked the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) to eliminate the use of diesel vehicles mandatorily, for transportation by the Inland Container Depot (ICD) Tughlakabad, within six months time.
The Bench further added that the depot ought to embrace an approach to shift the diesel vehicles to electric, hybrid and CNG modes and ensure that the use of diesel vehicles are eliminated step by step.
The order of the tribunal came while dealing with a plea moved by Ajay Khera seeking directions to relocate the ICD from Tughlakabad in order to control the alarming pollution levels as well as to curb the problem of congestion.
While noting the fact that the depot handles around 3 lakh containers every year, which eventually results in road congestion and air and noise pollution, the bench said,
“This is expected to be achieved in a phased manner, if not straight away, within an upper limit of six months. Such an action plan may be filed by the depot within one month. It is made clear that after six months, the depot must ensure that no diesel vehicle visits the depot which may be the condition to permit the depot to continue to operate from the present location."
The petitioner also contended that the operations resulting from non-Delhi-bound containers additionally increase the level of air pollution in the National Capital.
In response to which the Tribunal as an alternative suggested that constraining and diverting the non-Delhi-bound diesel vehicles to satellite terminals at Dadri, Rewari, Ballabhgarh and such other similar terminals, can also be considered to ensure the reduction in congestion and pollution.
Regarding the issue of preparing carrying capacity assessment report, the Tribunal observed that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is working for developing a methodology for the study and said,
"Tackling air pollution cannot remain pending. Let the Central Pollution Control Board furnish such study report, as far as possible, within one month."
The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on May 14.