Dismayed at increasing air pollution in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal Wednesday held that all vehicles which were more than 15 years old would not be permitted to ply on the city roads.
If current trends of vehicle population, fuel and emission standards persist in India, PM 2.5 (particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers) emissions will increase three times and NOx (Nitrogen oxide) will rise five times in the coming years, a new report revealed Tuesday.
The air quality in the national capital has deteriorated significantly and experts have identified the burning of agricultural wastes in neighbouring states as one of the major contributors to a visible haze over the city.
China plans to keep a tight rein on air and water pollution by cutting emissions from vehicles and industries when it hosts leaders of 21 APEC nations including US President Barack Obama early next month.
India's air pollution policies are more successful than the water pollution ones because of the country's Supreme Court's effective intervention to address matters polluting the atmosphere, according to a new study.