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Will study NGT order on diesel-run vehicles: Delhi govt

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Delhi government today said that it will study the National Green Tribunal’s order directing that diesel-run vehicles will not be registered in the city with immediate effect.

According to transport department, around 400 new diesel- run vehicles are registered in the national capital.

There are around 5.5 lakh diesel vehicles plying in the national capital. In total, 88.27 lakh vehicles are registered in Delhi.

“Similar matter pertaining to vehicles is pending in Supreme Court. We will study the NGT’s order and then, make a statement,” a Delhi government spokesperson said.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that government will consider the green court’s order.

More than 26.29 lakh cars and jeeps were added to the national capital in the period between April 2013 and March 2014.

During last year, 27.90 lakh cars and jeeps were added in the capital, the report said.

Earlier in the day, the NGT directed that diesel-run vehicles will not be registered in Delhi with immediate effect and asked the central and state government departments not to purchase such vehicles.

Under interim measures, there will be no renewal of registration of diesel vehicles which are more than 10-year-old.

The court also directed all the public authorities, corporations, DDA, police and other public department to prepare and submit an action plan for phasing out diesel vehicles, particularly the trucks being used by all these bodies by January 6, the next date of hearing.