NGT may extend ban on diesel vehicles to 11 other cities

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Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

After Kerala, the central government on 30 May moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asking it whether the ban on diesel vehicles is likely to be extended to 11 other cities in the country.

To this effect, a NGT hearing is underway in this connection.

Car manufacturers are up in arms after a ban has been put into place for the registration of new diesel cars over 2,000 cc capacity in New Delhi.

Many car makers, including Toyota, have spoken out against the ban, saying it was denting their confidence in India.

In a bid to get around the ban on diesel cars, auto manufacturers are resorting to launching petrol versions of their diesel SUVs and vehicles with smaller engine capacities. Other manufacturers have such car models in the pipeline. Before than ban, more than four lakh units of diesel cars above 2,000cc were sold in India every year.

According to Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers (SIAM) if the ban on diesel cars was put in place across the country then an estimated 47,000 jobs would be lost.

Meanwhile, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is in Japan for a six-day meet, said the ban on registration of new large diesel car was a short-lived phase.

The Union minister is scheduled to meet Suzuki Motor chairperson Osamu Suzuki. The diesel car ban on large vehicles doesn’t have the potential to hamper Maruti Suzuki that holds a majority share of the market. I don’t think that with the kind of market Suzuki has, it is in any way likely to be hit, he said.