ICD gets extension to submit action plan on phasing out diesel vehicles

The ICD Tughlakabad handles approximately three lakh containers every year.file photo  

The National Green Tribunal has granted an extension to the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Tughlakabad to submit an action plan pertaining to the phasing out of diesel vehicles meant for transporting goods.

Extending the time limit permitted to ICD Tughlakabad, a Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the container depot to furnish the action plan by July 31.

On March 8, the green panel had directed the ICD to submit an action plan on phasing out the diesel vehicles used within one month.

Thre lakh containers

Noting that the depot handles approximately 3 lakh containers every year, that contributes to air pollution and congestion, the Bench observed, “The depot has not furnished the requisite action plan. The only contention put forward is that it is not the responsibility of the depot to control the diesel vehicles and the cargo trucks visiting the depot.”

Refusing to accept the submissions made by the ICD, the Bench said, “It is the business of the depot in connection with which the diesel vehicles are visiting. The depot has to adopt a policy of ensuring that, in a phased manger, diesel vehicles stop visiting the depot and they shift to electric, hybrid and CNG vehicles.”

The green panel had also suggested that possibility of restricting the diesel vehicles to satellite terminals in Dadri, Rewari, Ballabgarh and Khatuwas to ensure that vehicles not meant for Delhi do not enter it. The directions came when the green panel was hearing a plea that sought to shift of the inland container depot out of Delhi.