The news shook the National Capital Region of India. The government has enforced stringent restrictions on the movement due to degrading air quality. The limitation was there when the government introduced BS6 vehicles. The new orders have changed from previous orders to take immediate action. 

The sudden enforcement of banning diesel engines may impact the lifestyle of common residents. Many people still need to be made aware of the restrictions. However, the local authority is constantly trying to bring normalcy and impose a ban as early as possible. The article will present detailed information regarding the diesel car ban in Delhi and the need for holistic changes. 

Ban On Diesel Engines: Why So?

Banning all diesel cars is a complex task. Indeed, it requires subsequent changes and will impact the lifestyle of citizens. Heavy duty vehicles, cars run on diesel engines. So a sudden ban on diesel cars will affect every stage of lifestyle. Banning diesel may also change fuel costs. It will also affect the transportation of essential commodities and hamper daily traveling. Meanwhile, let’s have a detailed look at why the Delhi government took such a sudden decision.

The Central Commission on Air Quality Management has announced the protocols to ban diesel cars and SUVs. The government identified this rule as the initiative taken to inflict anti-pollution measures. The decision came during the festive season. The local authority will check the pollution parameters of every diesel car. All diesel cars will be banned in Delhi NCR from Oct 1, 2022, to 13th November 2023. However, the government eases the norms for vehicles used for essential services. 

The recent report published by the air quality management net marked the air quality of Delhi as severe. The air quality index indicates a score of around 458. These scores have been considered under the “severe plus” category. One of the prime causes of air pollution in the NCR is petrol and diesel. Hence to improve the lifestyle of citizens, immediate action needs to be taken. 

Diesel cars contribute more to air pollution, considering Delhi is one of the busiest metros. Polluting air coming from the combustion of engines in both commercial and private diesel car vehicles degrades the air severely. Hence the government has taken a new initiative called GRAP to curb diesel car use. 

Implementation of GRAP-4 In Delhi

GRAP stands for Graded Response Action Plan. In an attempt to improve air quality in the National capital region, stage 4 of GRAP has been enacted by the government. Each day the air quality is degrading gradually. There is no markable improvement that has been seen so far. Hence, the CAQM declares the immediate implementation of Stage 4 GRAP to save the citizens. It focuses on specific measures. 

  • The government has restricted the movement of heavy-duty trucks. 
  • However, there is no ban on the transportation of trucks carrying essential commodities. 
  • Medium to most heavy-duty diesel vehicles will be banned. 
  • All types of diesel cars banned in Delhi and the NCR region. 

Along with the above measures, the government has ordered employees to work from home at a 50:50 ratio to prevent pollution due to public transportation. Hence, the implementation of GRAP stage 4 aims to prevent further degradation of air quality. 

What’s So Different In The New Order?

Citizens residing in Delhi still need clarification about new protocols. The National Green Tribunal has banned the movement of diesel cars. So what’s new? 

The older system restricted the movement of diesel cars aged ten years. Hence new diesel cars can run smoothly on the road of Delhi. The exact order banned petrol cars, which are older than 15 years. This banning of vehicles acts permanently. Hence local authorities directly scrap such cars from the road to curb pollution. So as a result, owners with vehicles older than 10-15 years often sell to other regions in India. Such acts often destroy the ultimate motivation for banning older cars. 

The GRAP 4 had stringent protocols to fill the previous order’s loopholes. According to this new rule, all BS-4 vehicles are banned from running on the roads of Delhi as of now. However, upon the subsequent improvement of air quality in Delhi, such restrictions will be eased. 

Who Is Allowed?

The implementation of GRAP-4 led to many changes in movement across the Delhi NCR. Specific categories of vehicles are allowed. People still need clarification regarding the ban. Particular types of cars are allowed.

  • From Oct 1, diesel-operated trucks are entirely banned in Delhi.
  • In addition, there will be full restrictions on the movement of BS4 vehicles. 
  • Medium goods trucks, diesel operated heavy-duty vehicles will be banned across the Delhi NCR region.

So Who Will Be Allowed? 

  • The BS-6 diesel cars have no restriction from entering Delhi. 
  • All Petrol-driven cars
  • Electric vehicles
  • CNG cars

CNG cars and commercial electric vehicles have not been covered under any restrictions from the government. Moreover, heavy-duty trucks that mainly deliver essential items enter the national capital regions have been allowed. 

Wrapping Up

The Commission for Air Quality Management survey highlighted the deteriorating condition of Delhi. It affects air quality, mainly due to unhealthy lifestyle habits. After the pandemic, the sudden increase in personal vehicles led to a deteriorating air quality index. 
In some areas of NCR, the AQI falls under the Stage IV categories. So immediate action has been taken to curb the menace of air pollution. Diesel cars banned in Delhi. Thankfully, the government has exempted essential public transportation.

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