Only city-bound trucks to be allowed in

NEW DELHI: Trucks not carrying goods for Delhi will not be allowed to enter the city from July 27. Those violating the order will be stopped and turned back, the Delhi traffic police have said.

A decision to the effect was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the Union cabinet secretary on Wednesday. The move comes days before the Supreme Court hearing on July 29 on environment issues. The court had ordered a ban on trucks not destined for Delhi, as they add to the pollution and road accidents in the city.

However, trucks carrying grains, vegetables and fruits for the city will not be stopped. The trucks will be checked for their contents when they stop to pay their toll.

‘‘The order will be enforced from Saturday. We have asked the Delhi Municipal Corporation not to collect toll from goods vehicles not destined for Delhi,'' said Maxwell Pereira, joint commissioner of police (traffic).Representatives from neighbouring states, who attended the meeting, have been asked to create proper infrastructure and put up road signs.‘‘These are necessary so that the trucks may take diversions much before they reach Delhi's borders,'' an official said.

About 60,000 trucks enter the city every day. Of these about 15,000 are in transit. The ban, which comes more than seven months after the Supreme Court's order, is likely to help reduce pollution in the city. The trucks use diesel with high sulphur levels which emits polluting fumes.

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