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India is another one of those countries that is growing at an explosive rhythm, and that, like China, note the consequences of the lack of sustainable growth. The pollution in the capital, New Delhi, is becoming a very serious matter.
The Supreme Court of the country has endorsed the prohibition of registering cars and SUVS that use diesel engines of over two litres in the front. According to the authorities, will not affect the ordinary citizens, who use engines of smaller displacement.
Currently, India uses the Euro standard 3
Almost one out of every five cars in the city use diesel fuel. The problem is greater if we consider that they do not have a regulatory anti-pollution as the european, but a very previous, and the diesel can issue legally 7.5 times more particles than gasoline and substantially more oxides of nitrogen (NOx).
Mahindra XUV 500, one of the models that will no longer be able to enroll to have a diesel 2.2
Not only that, for the march 1, 2016 all of the taxis have had to be adapted to operate with compressed natural gas, and it has forbidden the circulation of commercial vehicles, diesel registered before 2005. The trucks will be able to enter the city, but paying the double rate “green”.
The measure won’t be too effective, but it sets an interesting precedent. India is The second country with more deaths by air pollution, something logical if we consider that it is the second most populous. The problem is much more serious in China, where economic development has progressed further, and there are more dead in relation to the total number of inhabitants.
According to WHO data, mortality due to environmental pollution is going to triple in the southeast asian region with respect to the levels of 2010 in just 40 years. In this area is where more is going to skyrocket the incidence of pollution, due to their brutal growth.
The bulk of vehicles on the roads by the city are not affected, or only use gasoline engines, or diesel small displacement
These two countries, China and India, should reflect on whether it compensates for grow at any price, or lose a few years to improve the quality of life of its citizens. The more strict is the ecology, it is less profitable is all, excluding the human factor of the issue.
In India it has been planned to comply with Euro 4 in 2017, that is to say, 13 years after that in Europe, Euro 5 in 2019, and Euro 6 in 2021. While both are going to lose several years, and will cost the lives of tens of thousands of people.
The technology already exists, and manufacturers comply with the regulations of the western countries and Japan, the most advanced in this matter. On the other hand, not all of the manufacturers in India are ready to take on regulations so escrictas, and time “compensates for” dirtying the air for these firms to survive.