Pollution now discussed in drawing rooms: Delhi Transport Minister

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New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Delhi Transport Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday said it was for the first time that pollution has become a part of drawing room debate in the national capital.

Crediting the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi for creating awareness about pollution, Jain said: “It is for the first time that pollution has become a drawing room debate in Delhi. People are discussing the ways to fight pollution. Earlier, no one even bothered.”

He said the government would formulate a policy to adhere to NGT’s order seeking de-registration of old diesel vehicles in Delhi.

“We have not received the copy of the order yet. After studying the order, we would consult the stakeholders, including the transporters, to formulate a policy to phase out old diesel vehicles,” Jain told reporters here.

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On Thursday, the transporters’ association met Jain to demand fitness certificates for the old diesel vehicles to sell them outside Delhi.

“We have assured the traders that we will take a legal opinion on the issue and hold another discussion with them. Even the transporters want pollution to be reduced in Delhi and gave some suggestions for it,” he added.



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