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Policy to scrap 15-year-old vehicles almost finalised: Nitin Gadkari

Earlier, the Road, Transport and Highways Ministry had sent a concept note on Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernisation Programme (V-VMP) to the Committee of Secretaries on creating an ecosystem for voluntary scrapping and replacement of old polluting vehicles.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: February 15, 2018 7:22 pm
Policy to scrap 15-year-old vehicles almost finalised: Nitin Gadkari Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

India will soon come out with a policy to scrap vehicles that are more than 15 years old, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday. The policy aims at curbing rising vehicular pollution in the country.

“We have almost finalised the scrapping policy for vehicles with NITI Aayog,” the road and transport minister said. Vehicles completing 15 years or more would be scrapped, the minister said without giving more details.

Gadkari said India is bound to become the hub for automobile industry and the prices were bound to be cheaper as scrap could be used for production of autoparts among other things. “Raw material for vehicles will be cheap … plastic, rubber, aluminium and copper – all generated from scrap will be used for autopart generation besides other things,” the minister said.

Earlier, the Road, Transport and Highways Ministry had sent a concept note on Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernisation Programme (V-VMP) to the Committee of Secretaries on creating an ecosystem for voluntary scrapping and replacement of old polluting vehicles.

The V-VMP policy proposes to take 28 million decade-old vehicles off the Gadkari had earlier said that the PMO is keen on the proposal and once it is implemented, pollution would be checked considerably as 65 per cent of the pollution is caused by heavy vehicles that are more than 15 years old.

As per an earlier proposal, a relief of about Rs 5 lakh was to be provided to people who purchase the new commercial vehicle of about Rs 15 lakh, if they surrender their over 15-year old commercial vehicles.

Gadkari has said that once the proposal is accepted it is bound to result in Rs 10,000 crore boost in tax revenue as the automobile sector will benefit from it.

The draft Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernisation Programme (V-VMP) policy has proposed to bring under its purview vehicles bought on or before March 31, 2005, numbering about 28 million.

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    freethinker
    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm
    WHY IS IT THAT INDIANS DON'T WANT TO LEARN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH ARE FAR MORE ADVANCED? THE CORRECT THING IS TO CATEGORISE VEHICLES BY THEIR CONDITION. A RETIRED PERSON MAY DRIVE ONLY 5000 KMS IN A YEAR AND KEEP HIS CAR IN GOOD CONDITION. A COMPANY CAR OR A TAXI CAN DO MORE THAT 50000 KMS ANNUALLY.. THIS DUMB IDEA IS FINALLY TAKING SHAPE. WILL IT HELP TO CONTROL POLLUTION? THE ANSWER IS NO. MR.GADKARI IS NOT KNOWN FOR HIS BRIGHTNESS---SAD TO SAY.
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    1. Kim Sharma
      Feb 15, 2018 at 7:33 pm
      Is this step taken on the orders of a Gujarati businessman who funds BJP? There was no doubt Gujarati barons funded Bada Modi's 2014 campaign. It was to be expected they would seek their pound of flesh. No wonder, Chotta Modi was indeed helped or alerted at the right times by top leadership in BJP and the Modi government.Jeweller Nirav stole bank money mostly in 2017-- this makes crystal clear the quid pro quo. It is well known, Gujarati businessmen preferred to fund BJP, not Congress as the latter's pro-poor policies offended them. In Modi they found their support. More skeletons would tumble out of the Modi cupboard not just on diverting bank funds, but even on grisly crimes of party bigwigs that have been covered up so far with the help of police and Judiciary.
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