The National Green Tribunal will plod through air pollution data on Monday to decide whether the ban on diesel vehicles should extend to 11 more cities across the country, including Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad. Last week, it banned diesel cars in Kerala, a decision that was later overturned by the state high court.

The NGT is holding a hearing today to extend the diesel ban to 11 other cities in the country. The industry is not reacting well to this news, calling it an “unscientific” and “uncalled for” move. The wide-spread ban on large diesel vehicles will affect manufacturing and in turn employment.Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) earlier pegged a loss of 5,000 jobs and a production loss of 11,000 units.

Earlier this month, NGT imposed a ban on diesel vehicles in six cities in Kerala; diesel cars with a capacity of 2,000 cc and above will not be registered by the government. This was for all vehicles except public transport ones. It also banned cars which have been operating for over 10 years.The Kerala High Court, has however, stayed this order for the next two months. It is only allowing the ban on 10-year old vehicles.

In 2015, the Supreme Court had imposed a similar ban in New Delhi, given the deteriorating air quality.

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