Supreme Court today gave some relief to the Delhi and NCR based BPOs by ruling that the diesel run taxis with all India tourist permit can ferry the BPO employees in the region. With the new ruling several BPOs based in Gurgaon and in the adjacent area of NCR region will be benefitted for the time being for sure.
The apex court is not moving from its mandate about phasing out the diesel taxis from the NCR although. For that the Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and the taxi owners association to develop and present a concrete road map. With the Supreme Court’s ruling of banning the diesel taxis in Delhi and NCR, the flourishing BPO sector was about to be hit very badly, but with the new ruling the BPO industry of the region is surely relieved for the time being.
According to the solicitor general Ranjith Kumar’s plea in Supreme Court last week, the ban on diesel cars could cost the country a whopping $1.2 billion. Moreover, with the ban on diesel taxis the BPO’s might consider moving their operations out of the country as the ban might affect their work. In that case many people would to lose their jobs. Earlier, when Supreme Court banned the diesel taxis in the region, an April 30 deadline was given to the taxi operators to convert their vehicles into CNG.
Meanwhile, the bad news for the automakers who sell vehicles with engine above 2000 cc is continuing, as the Supreme Court stays the ban on diesel cars with engines displacements of more than 2000 cc. This ban on the larger diesel engines has been on since December, last year. Due to these several automakers like Mercedes Benz, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra has seen steep decline in their sales figure in the national capital region.