Owners of BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel four-wheelers will now be able to take out their vehicles on Delhi roads as the curbs imposed on them amid rising pollution levels ended on Sunday.
Air quality will determine continuity of the ban
However, a Delhi government official said a meeting will be held on Monday to decide whether the curbs should continue or not.
"The restrictions were in place till November 13 and they have not been extended yet. The AQI (air quality index) has been stable in the last four days in the city. There is a meeting tomorrow to discuss what needs to be done," he said.
During a review meeting last week, the Delhi government's transport department had decided that the curbs under stage 3 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) should remain in place for the next few days instead of a knee-jerk reaction.
"BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel four-wheelers in Delhi will remain banned under Stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan," Environment Minister Gopal Rai had said on Monday.
Delhiites have in the past week taken to twitter to voice their frustrations over the ban.
Please CM Delhi lift your ban on diesel cars in Delhi. It has become a racket now. The traffic police are making a fortune in allowing cars to pass.#ArvindKejriwal #chiefministerdelhi #delhitrafficpolice— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) November 9, 2022
MCD elections are approaching. Let's give #NoVoteToAAP till they revoke ban from 10 year old PUC meeting legally valid diesel cars. They are fooling in the name of pollution & extorting 15yr road tax. Vehicle scrappage policy should be followed in Delhi.@kgahlot @TransportDelhi pic.twitter.com/nVTESHV9JA— Nakul Narang (@narang_nakul) November 13, 2022
Violators to be fined Rs 20,000
In an order on Monday, the transport department had said that owners of vehicles found plying in violation of the rule would be prosecuted under the Motor Vehicles Act, which could invite a fine of Rs 20,000.
Vehicles deployed for emergency services and government and election-related work do not come under the ban purview.
The transport department had said in its order, "As per the directions provided under Stage III of revised GRAP, there will be a restriction to ply BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel light motor vehicles (four-wheelers) in the jurisdiction of NCT of Delhi. The above directions will remain enforced till November 13 or downward revision in GRAP stage, whichever is earlier. The restrictions will continue beyond November 13, if CAQM orders GRAP-III and above restrictions."
(With inputs from PTI)