Government asks NGT not to extend ban on diesel vehicles to other cities

first_imgThe government today moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asking it not to extend its ban on diesel vehicles to 11 other cities. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also played down the ban on registration of large diesel vehicles in the National Capital Region (NCR), calling it a “transient phase”.Here are the latest developments:The Heavy Industries Ministry has moved the NGT asking it to not extend the diesel vehicle ban to other cities, claiming it will not only impact local industries but also affect the employment of a large number of people.Most of those 11 cities are state capitals, including Lucknow, Patna, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai. The other cities on the list are Pune, Kanpur, Jalandhar, Varanasi and Amritsar.May 31 is the deadline for all the 11 cities to provide the NGT all the data on vehicular pollution.If the states fail to produce the data, bailable warrant against the chief secretary of the non-responding state will be issued, NGT said today.The green body is likely to extend the odd-even traffic rule – already imposed twice in New Delhi – to other cities too.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called the ban on registration of diesel vehicles in the NCR a “transient phase”.Jaitley, speaking at an event in Tokyo, told the Japanese auto giant Suzuki that it is unlikely to be impacted given the overall large market it has got in India.”I think the Indian auto sector is extremely comfortably placed. This is all transient phase which happens and I don’t think that with the kind of large market that Suzuki has, it is in any way likely to be adversely affected,” he said.The ban on sale of large diesel cars and sport utility vehicles with engines of two litres or more was first imposed in December and was recently extended to Kerala, where it has been stayed by the state High Court.The ban has led to some automakers reworking their plans and introducing models with petrol options or smaller diesel engines.Earlier this month, the world’s largest automaker, Toyota, said the restrictions would be the “worst advertisement of India”.ALSO READ: UNEP’s report on ‘Air Quality’: 12 key highlights of the reportadvertisementlast_img read more