NGT seeks to extend diesel car ban to 15 other cities

The final decision on the matter will be taken after an NGT hearing on 12 July
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Following the Supreme Court’s directive to indefinitely ban registration of diesel vehicles with engine capacity of 2000 cc and above in national capital Delhi and NCR owing to environmental concerns, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) is contemplating to extend a similar ban to 15 other cities which includes Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.

Last month, the NGT imposed a similar ban on both light and heavy diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old in 6 cities in Kerala. The order also prevented the state government from registering new diesel vehicles of 2000 cc and above. However, the Kerala High court subsequently stayed the NGT ban after hearing a petition filed by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, Nippon Toyota and others.

Talking to Naradanews, Vishnu Mathur, spokesperson of the industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said, “Taking a cue from Supreme Court’s decision NGT has been contemplating to impose a similar ban in 15 other cities but we have urged them (NGT) not to take a final decision on the issue without looking at the data and other scientific evidence.”

“If the ban is imposed in 15 cities how long will it take to be a nationwide ban?  If the diesel car manufacturers in the country have been adhering to the emission norms set in the country banning them is unfair,” he added.

The final decision on the matter will be taken after an NGT hearing on 12 July.

Aimed at bringing down pollution levels across the country, the Supreme Court had last year imposed a ban on registration of new diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR. The interim order banning registration of diesel-run vehicles with engine capacity of 2000 cc and above was first imposed till March 31, and then extended till further notice.

The Supreme Court’s decision to indefinite ban the registration of new 2 litre or above diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR has already worried car some manufacturer’s in the country, they will be awaiting the result of the hearing with fingers crossed.