Noting that diesel is prime source of air pollution in Delhi, the Tribunal said the situation is so alarming that people have been even advised to leave Delhi due to adverse effects on health.

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"A number of countries like Brazil, China, Denmark etc are in the process or have prohibited diesel vehicles or are in the process of doing away with them and imposing stringent taxes on the vehicles” court said.

They had already noticed that certain stringent measures need to be taken to ensure that residents of Delhi did not travel closer to ill-health with each breath they took. Thus, they directed all diesel vehicles, heavy or light, which were ten years old would not be permitted on the roads of Delhi and NCR, a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar cited.

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The Tribunal directed the Transport department of Delhi government and other concerned authorities to prepare a comprehensive data of registration of all such vehicles which are 10 or more years old.

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It slammed the authorities for not complying to its orders of November 26, 28 and December 4 last year to better the air quality standards of the capital.

The Tribunal's direction came while hearing a petition of Vardhaman Kaushik who had contended that "the level of particulates in Delhi is rising manifold".

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