In response to mounting concerns from car owners and legal questions surrounding the process, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has ordered a halt to the ongoing campaign of seizing and scrapping parked end-of-life vehicles that are not currently in use. The campaign, initiated by the Delhi transport department in accordance with the National Green Tribunal’s orders, aimed to remove petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than 10 years from the streets of Delhi.
The decision to pause the campaign came after numerous car owners voiced objections about the manner in which their parked vehicles were being removed from outside their homes. Many raised questions about the legality and invasiveness of the process, prompting Gahlot to step in and address the situation.
Gahlot’s directive not only stops the seizure and scrapping of parked vehicles but also urges the transport commissioner to create a comprehensive policy in consultation with the government. This policy is expected to establish a balanced approach that addresses environmental concerns while respecting the rights of vehicle owners.
Officials from the transport department had been following the orders from the NGT, claiming that the vehicles being seized had already been deregistered by the government as end-of-life vehicles. However, Gahlot’s intervention underscores the need for a more careful and considerate approach to managing the campaign.
The transport minister’s decision highlights the importance of striking a balance between environmental conservation and individual property rights. As the transport department reevaluates its strategy, a new policy is expected to emerge that aligns with both legal considerations and public sentiment. This development signals a step toward more thoughtful and inclusive environmental initiatives in the future.