Supreme Court directions to stop new registrations of diesel-run vehicles and Delhi’s odd-even road rationing formula have reduced the number of diesel vehicles being registered in Ghaziabad.
Registration of diesel vehicles in Ghaziabad dipped to 2,469 this year from 3,480 and 3,471 in the first quarter of 2015 and 2014 respectively. Also, 3,045 diesel-run vehicles were registered in the last three months of 2015.
In January, the Delhi government rolled out the odd-even road rationing formula which exempted CNG cars. As many vehicles from Ghaziabad move to Delhi on a daily basis, owners are finding it convenient to use CNG fuel.
The city registered around 1,693 CNG vehicles this year. For the same period in 2015 and 2014, 981 and 845 CNG vehicles were respectively registered.
“The sale of CNG kits were dull before the odd-even formula in Delhi. The number of vehicles being fitted with CNG kits has increased by 15-20% this year. More taxi owners are also getting their vehicles fitted with CNG kits. Earlier, we used to fit around 10 taxis with CNG kits per month but the number has gone up to nearly 25 now,” Subodh Kumar Gola, CNG kit distributor from Ambedkar Road in Ghaziabad, said.
Earlier, the regional transport department at Ghaziabad had ordered registration of only CNG-based vehicles under the NCR taxi service. The move followed recommendations of environment pollution (prevention & control) committee (EPCA) in February to reduce air pollution in Delhi.
In December 2015, the EPCA, on the orders of Supreme Court, had banned new registrations of luxury cars and SUVs with engine capacity of 2000cc and above that are diesel-powered. As a result, only 415 vehicles under this category have been registered this year compared to 1,059 and 971 vehicles for the same period in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
As an impact of strict directions over curbing air pollution, nearly 1,613 vehicles have taken no-objection certificates (NOCs) and moved to other areas, compared to 1,057 and 859 vehicles for the same period in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
“Several car dealers we spoke to said the demand for petrol based vehicles, 1000cc and above, is on a rise. This is because petrol engines can be fitted to run on CNG. Registration of cars of 2000cc and above has also been stopped on Supreme Court directions. Increasing sale of CNG vehicles and vehicles converting to CNG is on a rise after the odd-even formula and SC directions to stop new registrations of diesel vehicles,” Kamal Gupta, assistant regional transport officer at Ghaziabad, said.
At present, Ghaziabad has 4,634 diesel run taxis with NCR, all-India and private service permits. The district also has presence of 26,148 diesel vehicles with engine capacity of 2000cc or above, including 12,274 cars.