Smoke comes out of a public bus waiting at a traffic light in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Morgan Stanley reduced its growth estimate for India to 7 percent from 7.2 percent earlier for the year ending March 31, according to an e-mailed statement today. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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The National Green Tribunal ordered de-registration of diesel vehicles aged over 10 years. This is expected to render over 50,000 vehicles in the NCR non-roadworthy. A good number of these vehicles are claimed to be commercial vehicles; cabs, vans and trucks and buses. Industry sources claim that over 30,000 out of the estimated 50,000 diesel vehicles aged over 10 are registered in Gurgaon, and will be rendered non-roadworthy. The rest are estimated to account for other regions like Noida and Ghaziabad. Almost all the regional transport authorities, it is claimed, have been refusing to issue a fitness certificate to diesel vehicles aged over 10 for the last one year. The tribunal has asked the transport authorities to prepare a list of diesel vehicles ineligible to ply and hand it over to traffic police. The tribunal has also asked the central government about the initiatives they are taking to promote electric vehicles. With a good number of commercial vehicles expected to be affected by the immediate ban, the transport of goods and people is expected to be affected in the NCR region at least in the short term. Owners of vehicles aged over 10 are surprised that the tribunal did not issue a warning prior to passing the order.

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