Beginning January 1, 2016, the entire NCR (National Capital Region) will be putting a ban registration of diesel cars with engine capacities larger than 2,000cc. This rule is not only applicable in Delhi, but includes Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and others as well.
The Supreme Court of India has passed an order today that for the three months (Jan to Mar 2016), there will be no new registration of diesel cars with engine capacity over 2,000cc. The move is expected to have a big impact on major players who have invested hundreds of crores in the diesel engine technology.
There is a stock of INR 1,000 crore reportedly lying with dealers or in company stockyard, which is no longer usable, thanks to the new ruling. The ban will affect both Indian as well as the foreign car manufacturer such as Mahindra, Tata, Force, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Ford, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, BMW, Porsche and Volvo.
The rule will be applicable till March 31, 2016. With the ban, the NGT and Supreme Court believes that pollution level in the city will be brought under control. However, some manufacturers have argued that banning registration of new diesel passenger vehicles in Delhi will hardly make any difference to the air that people breathe.
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