Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Delhi in Doldrums ?

A few days back , Delhi Government decided on odd / even driving rule for private cars in Delhi , from 1 Jan 2016

There was a lot of criticism

That was followed by National Green Tribunal , stopping registration of all diesel cars

More criticism

Yesterday , Supreme Court ordered to stop registration of diesel cars above 2000 cc , for next 3 months . SC also stopped entry of diesel trucks into Delhi . It also wants to double the " Entry Tax " on diesel vehicles

Earlier , some Ministry ( or was it RTO ? ) , banned all trucks ( whether Petrol or Diesel ) older than 15 years from plying anywhere in India , after 1st April 2016

Some 27 lakh trucks off the roads , at a time  !

What is happening ?

*   Is Supreme Court trying to take decisions which are purely " administrative " in nature and which should have been taken by the concerned administrative agencies , years ago ?

But never got taken because of vested interests or fear of being unpopular ?

Is this " concern " for only Delhi pollution , because the SC judges have to travel on Delhi roads and breathe that polluted air ?

Is that a Supreme Court of India or of Delhi ?

In the eyes of SC , are citizens of Mumbai / Chennai / Kolkata , lesser citizens  ?

*  Is Delhi Government using the excuse of some High Court order to prove " Holier than Thou "  ?

What about other - and worse - polluting factors such as Construction dust , Yamuna which has turned into a veritable gutter , burning of garbage etc ?

Is Delhi Government waiting for High Court orders in each case , before acting ?

*  Does NGT think that Delhi deserves banning of diesel cars because Air Quality Index in Delhi has crossed 350 ( safe index being 60 ) but other cities do not deserve such action till they too , cross 350 ?

 After all , they are at AQI of only 250  !

What is their hurry ? Can't they afford to wait till their pollution becomes life-threatening ?

Will someone file a PIL in Supreme Court for the poor people of " rest of India "  ?


hemen  parekh

17  Dec  2015



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