New Delhi, Nov 24: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday ordered that only CNG buses and cabs will be allowed to ply at the Delhi International Airport. The green court said that the taxi service rendering companies like DIAL will have to upgrade its vehicles to run on Compressed Natural Gas in next six months. The latest order comes in the wake of a slew of measures being taken to combat rising levels of pollution in the national capital region. Also Read - Did You Know 22 Of World's 30 Most Polluted Cities Are In India? Check Out The Full List Here
Delhi witnessed a gas chamber-like conditions earlier this month when the air pollution index deteriorated rapidly. The NGT also ordered the government of Haryana and Punjab to come out with workable solutions for stop stubble-burning. The Delhi government, on its part, told the court that it may consider implementing the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme again. Also Read - New Delhi World's Most Polluted Capital For Third Straight Year, Finds IQAir Study
The tribunal asked states to recommend a mechanism for transportation of agriculture residue, excluding the residue left in the field for manure, and the incentives which could be provided to the farmers. Also Read - NTPC to Launch Hydrogen Fuel Bus Service on Delhi-Jaipur Route Soon
“Every State would submit a list before the Secretary of Agriculture of the thermal power plants or biomass-based energy plants which are being run or are proposed to be constructed in the respective states,” the bench said.
It asked the states to consider whether the utilisation of agriculture residue as a fuel can be an effective alternative for power generation. The state-run NTPC, in its submissions, said in the six power plants located in North India, the demand for the thermal plants would be 8,000 to 15,000 metric tonnes per day.
(With inputs from agencies)