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Ban on diesel vehicles may extend to 11 more cities

Ban on diesel vehicles may extend to 11 more cities
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Monday 30 May 2016, 15:44 PM

After the ban on vehicles with large diesel engines in the Delhi-NCR, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) is mulling on extending the ban to 11 more cities in the country including top metro cities. The decision will be taken after due deliberation on relevant data as per reports.

In Delhi-NCR, the NGT has banned registration of new diesel vehicles with engine capacity over 2000cc in order to curb the air pollution levels that have risen to unwarranted levels. The NGT also proposed a similar ban across Kerala along with a ban on plying ten-year-old diesel vehicles in six cities. While the Kochi court stayed the ban on sale of new cars, the ruling for old vehicles has been untouched.

The eleven cities on the ban list include Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Hyderabad to name a few. The SIAM (Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers) has reacted strongly to this proposal saying that this move will be ‘unscientific and uncalled for’. The SIAM has also said that the ban has resulted in the loss of sale of 11,000 units in Delhi-NCR alone affecting around 5,000 jobs. SIAM also said that is the ban is extended across the country, the loss of sales will be approximately one lakh units and will affect 47,000 jobs.

Manufacturers like Toyota and Mahindra have been greatly affected owing to their large SUV-biased product portfolios. Amongst luxury car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz has been hit due to the lack of a sub-two-litre diesel engine. Vishnu Mathur, director general of SIAM also said “Vehicle manufacturers and oil refineries have been investing to upgrade to higher emission norms and address pollution concerns. Banning vehicles that meet laid down norms is against the fundamental right of companies doing business in the country.”

 

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