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Fuel Feud

Even as automakers climb on the diesel bandwagon, greens say oil-burners are more harmful

Fuel Feud
Fuel Feud
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A Tata Indica advertisement seduces with more. More power. More space. More style. With these three come-ons and a competitive price tag to boot, Ratan Tata should be laughing all the way to the bank.

But not if some environmentalists have their way. Because it runs on diesel also. And diesels, the greens say, belch out more noxious emissions than petrol engines. In fact, the Environment Pollution (Prevention) Control Authority (epa), a statutory body set up by the Supreme Court to help Delhi combat air pollution in the National Capital Territory (nct), recently proposed a ban on registration of diesel cars in Delhi.

But Telco and others - notably Mahindra and Mahindra, Hindustan Motors and Ind Auto - have decried the proposal, saying claims of pollution from diesels are exaggerated and that petrol cars are as polluting. They extol diesel cars as the future of the automobile industry, citing rising sales in Europe. Diesel vehicles consume less fuel, emit less carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons and meet emission norms for year 2000. Why ban them? asks...

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