In­dus­tries Dept Wants SC to Ease Delhi ‘Diesel’ Ban

Says all ve­hi­cles that stick to ex­ist­ing emis­sion norms should be al­lowed to ply in the cap­i­tal

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New Delhi: The Depart­ment of Heavy In­dus­try on Fri­day pleaded with the Supreme Court to al­low all ve­hi­cles which conform to ex­ist­ing emis­sion norms to ply in Delhi. It said for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment of a whop­ping $5.094 bil­lion has come into the sec­tor fol­low­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s Make in In­dia cam­paign, cit­ing the fig­ure to ar­gue for re­lax­ation of a ban on reg­is­tra­tion of diesel ve­hi­cles above 2,000 cc.

The ban will have an ad­verse im­pact on the mo­men­tum of the au­to­mo­bile sec­tor, an af­fi­davit filed a day ahead of a top court hear­ing of the case, con­tended. “The au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is the largest con­stituent of the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor in the coun­try’s econ­omy, con­tribut­ing to more than 47% of the man­u­fac­tur­ing GDP of the coun­try,” it said.

“It em­ploys over 30 mil­lion peo­ple with a cu­mu­la­tive in­vest­ment of .₹ 143,000 crore and a pro­duc­tion of .₹ 556,555 crore,” the af­fi­davit said.

The sec­tor is the fifth largest in terms of FDI in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment un­der the heavy in­dus­tries min­istry. Af­ter the Make in In­dia cam­paign FDI has gone up to 8% of the to­tal eq­uity flow into the coun­try, it said, ar­gu­ing that its voice be heard in the un­prece­dented hear­ing sched­uled for Satur­day.

It sug­gested that all ve­hi­cles which conform to the ex­ist­ing emis­sion norms be al­lowed to ply to bal­ance the re­quire­ments of in­dus­try and ecol­ogy.

The min­istry said it would take sev­eral short-term and long-term mea­sures to as­suage the court’s con­cerns on al­le­vi­at­ing air pol­lu­tion, which had prompted the court to crack down on diesel ve­hi­cles which al­legedly emit max­i­mum sus­pended par­tic­u­late mat­ter. The gov­ern­ment said that it would clear in the next three months a pol­icy of scrap­ping all older pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles.

Pol­lu­tion un­der check cer­tifi­cates is­sued to ve­hi­cles will be strictly reg­u­lated, the min­istry said. It will also take a slew of more mea­sures to im­prove air qual­ity in the metropo­lis, in­clud­ing im­pos­ing tolls on ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing Delhi , di­vert­ing non-Delhi bound traf­fic, pro­vid­ing blended bio-fuel such as ethanol, bio-diesel and no­ti­fy­ing stan­dards for end­ing the life of a ve­hi­cle.

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