A few days after imposing a stay for 60 days on NGT’s (National Green Tribunal) ban on registration of large engined (2,000 cc and above) diesel vehicles, the Kerala high court also stayed the ban on diesel vehicles that are over 10 years old.
The first stay came into existence on May 27th after hearing a petition filed by Toyota’s Cochin-based dealer Nippon Motors.
The stay on banning the old diesel vehicles comes after hearing a petition filed by the state run KSRTC. With the two stays, the Kerala high court has nullified the NGT diesel ban in the state.
To recap, NGT imposed the ban in six cities of Kerela (Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur) after hearing a petition from Lawyers Environmental Awareness Forum (LEAF). The ban on old diesel vehicles and new larger engined passenger cars was supposed to be effective in the state from June 23.
It remains to be seen if NGT will appeal against the high court’s stay order at the supreme court. NGT has imposed a similar ban in Delhi which is effective from January 2016. The environmental watchdog is gearing up to extend the ban to 11 more cities in India.
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The Indian government and automotive industry body SIAM are opposing the ban citing that the engine displacement limit is arbitrary. The ban also has a direct negative impact on manufacturing jobs and investments in the country.