GD Topic - Ban on Diesel cars by NGT in Delhi?

Published by MBA Skool Team, Last Updated: January 21, 2016

6 people are having a discussion on the topic (Paras, Bobby, Neetu, Isha, Tarun and Ankit)

Category: Current

Group Discussion Starts

Paras: Hi all, the topic which we are to discuss upon is the ban of diesel cars in Delhi. Let me first state some points as to why the ban has been imposed by the NGT.

It has been found that diesel cars in Delhi, causes a lot of pollution and emission of hazardous content in the air. Since Delhi has been ranked as the world’s most polluted city in 2014 by World Health Organization (WHO), the NGT has imposed this ban in order to deal with the issue.

Bobby: Yes, I agree with the fact that Delhi government should go with the ban because it is not only the question of pollution but the contaminated air is harmful to the people and cause health issues, one of them being cancer.

Neetu: Although the said facts are true, the ban with has severe implications on the economy of the state because this with hamper the business of many automakers like Tata motors and Mahindra and Mahindra by driving down their market share since they won’t be able to sell their already made diesel cars.

Isha: Even though it has detrimental effects on the commercial side, we cannot ignore the long term environmental effects such as global warming and carbon emissions. It has been reported by the Whether Department that the climate of Delhi has undergone drastic changes over the recent years. This climatic change maybe the impact of the emission of the hazardous pollutants. So it is needful to impose the ban in my opinion.


Tarun: I don’t favor the opinion which most of you have, and believe that it is not a practical decision to ban the diesel cars based on age. Fitness of the car i.e. how much pollutants they are emitting should be the basis of the ban and not their age. This is so because the ban will cause severe loss of business for small and medium sized transporters such as those of waste collection, transportation of vegetables, fruits and daily good which will in turn hurt the society.

Ankit: Also, I believe that, the automobile companies are responsible enough to manufacturer their products as per environmental norms and care has been taken by them over the last few years to decrease the emission of particulate matter into the atmosphere and hence I do not think that only the diesel engine cars are the source to the pollution.

Paras: There could be two side of anything, but the positive of the bank is something to be looked upon. The government is going to provide incentives to the people of the state who are willing to dispose their old diesel vehicles so this will compensate for the investment that they have made.

Neetu: I feel that the hazardous effects of pollution and the pollution itself can be controlled in some alternative way because it is not feasible to ignore the crores of rupees that will be lost due to the ban as banning the diesel cars will effects the inventory levels of the automobile companies since the anticipated sales where high in the last few years.

Tarun: I feel that even though there are substitutes for diesel cars like petrol run and CNG run cars that the society can adopt, this will hurt the society because the cost of these other alternatives are comparatively higher as compared to the diesel cars.

Bobby: I think we are left with very less time for the discussion, so here I would like to add that thought there are negative sides emerging due to the ban on diesel cars but I feel that in the current situation where the pollution level is very high, it is required to take strict actions and this ban will facilitate it.

Isha: On and end note, I believe that for now to bring the situation under control, the actions like complete ban on new registration of diesel cars is a better option but in the long run alternatives can be thought of.


The ban on the registration of diesel cars in Delhi is seen to have many positive and negative impacts. On the positive side, it can help curb the pollutant emission in the state but only up to a certain extend as the emission of hazardous pollutants by diesel cars has been reduced considerable over the recent years considering the change in design of the automobiles. On the other hand, the ban can have great impact on the automobile industry in Delhi considering the fact that Delhi is the largest market for diesel cars in India. The ban will lead to decrease in market share of the diesel focused car makers which has a detrimental effect on the economy. Hence, in deciding whether to impose the ban or not care consideration of both the sides is a necessity.

Facts from the topic:

Delhi experiences hazardous levels of pollution in part due to diesel emissions and hence a ban on the registration of diesel cars has been imposed

1 The ban will lead to a decrease in the market share of the top automakers in India like Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra, thus impacting their bottom growth.

2 Delhi has the largest market of auto sales in India

3 Delhi has been named the world’s most polluted city in 2014 by WHOPeople prefer to use diesel cars because diesel is cheaper.

4 There will be a loss in the diesel focused car companies but the petrol car manufacturers will benefit if the customers switch to petrol cars. This move will hurt the automobile industry.

5 The diesel vehicles have been designed in such a way that the particulate matter has come down greatly

6 An order of no renewal of registration of diesel vehicles which are more than 10 year old

7 Delhi based trucker’s body moved Delhi: fitness (emission check) and not age should be the criteria for pulling out vehicles.

8 Ban effect small and medium transporters which are used for waste collection, transportation of vegetables, fruits and daily goods

9 Negligible amount of emission by vehicles over ten years- research done by IIT Delhi

10 Incentives will be given for those who want to dispose their old diesel vehicles

11 Prices of CNG have been higher over the recent years as compared to when it was first introduced.

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