Supreme court bans diesel-run vehicles in the capital

To curb air pollution in Delhi, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered a ban on registrations of new diesel-run vehicles in Delhi. NGT has also ordered the renewal of registration for vehicles which are more than 10 years old. However, recently, the Supreme Court has passed an order to ban the registration of all diesel SUVs and luxury cars with engine capacity of 2000 cc or more. The ban stays till March 31 next year.

Here are some key facts you should definitely know about the order:
  • The Supreme court has also ordered that all the private cabs will convert into CNG by March 1, next year
  • The order also says that the vehicles registered before 2005 will be banned from entering Delhi
  • The trucks not bound for Delhi will not be able to enter through National Highways 1 and 8.

Some facts on how diesel is the prime source of air pollution:

  • Diesel engines generally produce 28 times less carbon monoxide than gasoline engines
  • However, the burning nature of diesel engines and the high temperatures and pressures of the process of combustion results in much production of nitrogen oxides (NOx)
  • As per WHO, emissions from Diesel cars produce more toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and may cause cancer
  • Nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant which can decrease lung functionality and increase the risk of respiratory diseases. Their reduction in air takes a lot of time and years
  • According to the UK government, Nitrogen oxides in the air reportedly kills 23,500 people a year in the country
  • The road transport is, by far, the largest contributor to the illegal levels of NOx in many parts of the world
  • The level of Nitrogen oxides from petrol cars have decreased by around 96 percent, while the level of the pollutant released by the diesel cars has not decreased in a decade
  • Diesel fuel contains more energy per litre than petrol.
Source: India Today

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