The Delhi Diesel Ban imposed by the Supreme Court which had an initial validity of 90 days from January 1 has been extended more than once. The latest extension will last until the next hearing which is expected to take place after the summer holidays.
As per the ban, vehicles with diesel engines larger than 2.0L are not permitted to be sold within the NCR region. The objective is to reduce the harmful vehicular pollution but the move has not gone down well with several automakers, especially premium brands like Mercedes and JLR who had to stop selling their entire diesel portfolio in Delhi.
Mahindra came up with a workaround in the form of a 1.99L diesel engine for its Scorpio and XUV500 models exclusively for that region. And given that the extension seems to be permanent, more and more automakers are expected to come up with downsized oil burners which are tailor made to circumvent the ban.
While extending the sale of bigger engined diesel vehicles, the SC relaxed the norm for the diesel cabs. The court stated that diesel powered taxis with All-India permit can be used to ferry BPO employees in the NCR. Earlier, all diesel cabs in the Delhi NCR region were ordered to be taken off the road from May 1.