Delhi has 13.4 million registered automobiles, however 5.6 million or 42% of them are “invalid”, an evaluation by the state transport division confirmed on Monday.
The evaluation was carried out by the division after it de-registered 101,639 diesel automobiles which are between 10 and 15 years previous this month. In line with the foundations laid down in varied orders issued by the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (2015) and the Supreme Court docket (2018), any registered diesel car greater than 10 years previous, and petrol automobiles over 15 years previous can’t function within the nationwide capital area (NCR).
Such automobiles are known as “finish of Iife” automobiles and driving them in Delhi is unlawful. Such automobiles can’t even be parked in public areas.
“We’re legally certain to de-register all end-of-life automobiles and so, we are able to say that by January 31, we’ve deregistered all of the diesel automobiles that have been between 10 and 15 years previous. It was an essential transfer in combating air air pollution in Delhi. Nevertheless, we hope the identical rule is actively adopted within the NCR cities by their respective state governments because the courtroom orders have been meant for the entire of Delhi-NCR,” mentioned Ashish Kundra, Delhi transport commissioner.
A significant problem, nevertheless, stays de-registering about three million petrol automobiles which are older than 15 years. “De-registration of previous petrol automobiles has not began but. For the reason that variety of such automobiles is pretty giant, we are going to conduct the method in phases. So, first we’d de-register petrol automobiles which are 20 years and older, after which we’d go year-on-year for automobiles between 15-20 years,” a transport division official mentioned.
Delhi had 13,402,875 registered automobiles as on January 31, of which 7,771,075 (57%) have been categorised as “lively” automobiles by the transport division. This implies these automobiles have a legitimate registration, haven’t but hit the “finish of life” age and are match to ply on metropolis roads. The remaining 5,631,800 (42%) automobiles are both these with out a legitimate registration or have been deemed invalid resulting from their age, in keeping with the transport division evaluation.
Of the 5,631,800 automobiles, about three million are petrol automobiles which are 15 years and above, whereas the remaining are previous diesel automobiles and people with out legitimate registration or health paperwork, the evaluation confirmed.
The Delhi authorities has given three choices to homeowners of previous petrol automobiles — get a No Objection Certificates (NOC) by the state transport division and promote the car another state; retrofit it with accredited electrical kits; or scrap it.
The NOCs, issued by motor licensing officers can be utilized in some states to get the car registered there. “It’s unlawful to drive any such car with out re-registration in that state,” mentioned a senior transport official who requested to not be named.
States the place such automobiles are allowed to be bought embrace Rajasthan, which permits it in all its districts; Bihar (18 districts); Maharashtra (26 districts); Uttar Pradesh (33); West Bengal (all districts however solely BS-IV automobiles) and Meghalaya (all districts).