Diesel car manufacturers in Delhi will not get any immediate relief as Supreme court said on Tuesday that the ban on the sale and registration of diesel vehicles with engine capacities of 2,000cc or above in the national capital region will continue until March 31
Senior advocates Abhishekh Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibal and Gopal Subrahmaniam represented Mahindra and Mahindra, Mercedes and Toyota respectively in the court seeking modification of the December 16 order which bans sale and registration of diesel vehicles in the national capital region.
Kapil Sibal and Abhishekh Singhvi argued in the court that larger diesel vehicles are only responsible for 0.2% of the air pollution and smaller vehicles are contributing more to the pollution. They also countered the argument that diesel vehicles are polluting by nature and argued that it depends on the technology. They also said that the court’s suggestion is counter productive as it will encourage the use of more polluting small vehicles.
Manufacturers like Mercedez claimed that diesel; cars are internationally becoming the norm and larger cars like Bolero and Sumo are being heavily depended by the common man in rural areas. The judges disagree with it and asked the companies to furnish documentary evidence for the claim and asked if their vehicles are emitting oxygen.
The bench headed by Justice T.S Thakur ordered the counsels to make detailed submissions on how diesel vehicles are less polluting than the others. The court also said that it is considering to expand the ban to diesel cars with engine capacities below 2,000 cc also but will first seek industry inputs as it is depended by the public for essential needs.
The temporary ban on larger duty diesel vehicles effected the diesel car industry adversely as the five to eight percentage of Indian diesel cars are sold in the NCR.
Earlier a World Health Organization study showed that thirteen cities in India are in the list of the twenty most populated cities in India and Delhi is the top among the list.