If a person lives in south Delhi and owns a diesel vehicle that is more than 15 years old, the time has come to part ways. As part of a drive to curb vehicular pollution, the transport department has started visiting residential areas in south Delhi to mark such vehicles, which will eventually be impounded and sent for scrapping.
“At the moment, we are not directly impounding vehicles as it would take a lot of time. We are first surveying residential areas to locate such vehicles and once the list of a particular area is complete, we will bring cranes to seize 40 to 50 vehicles at one go and send them for scrapping,” said an official.
The department has started the survey from south Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave, Greater Kailash, Gulmohar Park and ASIAD Village areas. Four teams of enforcement officials have been deployed with five to six members each. Eventually, it will cover entire Delhi.
Although diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years are also not allowed to ply, the department is targeting over-15-year-old diesel vehicles first as these are the most polluting.
The transport department has de-registered more than two lakh vehicles that are not allowed to ply on roads due to their age. “This database is readily available. Our teams visit an area with the local list and mark these vehicles on the ground,” he said.
“We have also started impounding old vehicles if they are found plying on roads.”
The cars seized during this drive will not be returned to the owners as per the scrapping guidelines notified by the department in September. Each vehicle will be handed over to MSTC Ltd, a public sector undertaking, for scrapping and its scrap value would be given to the owner after deducting the transportation cost.
The direction is applicable to all vehicles — commercial as well as private — without exception, including two/three/four-wheelers, and light and heavy vehicles.