No new diesel vehicles of over 2000cc in Delhi till March 31: SC

New Delhi: Dec 16; The Supreme Court banned, on Wednesday, the registration of new diesel-guzzling luxury cars and SUVs with an engine capacity of over 2000 cc until March 31, unveiling a raft of measures in a bid to clean up the Capital's filthy air.

The court also ruled that diesel commercial vehicles registered before 2005 will not be allowed to enter Delhi. The traffic police has been asked to figure out alternate routes for trucks which usually enter the city through NH-1 and NH-8.

In another landmark ruling, the Supreme Court said that no garbage should be burnt in NCR. All taxis have also been ordered to convert to CNG by March 31.

The Supreme Court's decision came in response to a number of petitions including one on banning diesel vehicles in some cities in the face of alarming pollution levels in the country.

"Rich people can't go around in SUVs polluting the environment," the court had said on Tuesday.

Pollution levels in Delhi are at an all time high and several steps are being taken to improve the situation. The Delhi government has implemented the even-odd-scheme for private cars January 1 onwards.

Around 23 per cent of the cars registered in Delhi are diesel. Diesel cars can legally emit 7.5 times more particulate matter than the petrol versions and produce more toxic nitrogen dioxide. Diesel emissions are also cancer causing, says the World Health Organization.

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