India’s foremost environmental activist happens to the Environment Minister of the country – Jairam Ramesh. Last week, he said –
“The luxurious growth of large-size vehicles like SUVs is really a growth of concern… use of vehicles like SUVs and BMW in countries like India is criminal”
In India, diesel is subsidised and costs a good deal lesser than petrol, primarily to reduce the cost of transport of essential goods and as a support to the farm sector.
“We are subsidising diesel. We have reformed policy as far as petrol is concerned. We are yet to reform as far as the net effect of diesel subsidy is concerned,” he said.
“And certainly put a penalty on the type of cars that you don’t want to see on the roads which is diesel driven car, SUVs,” the minister said.
Given that the activist minister is taking on the rich and mighty, a powerful lobby and his own brethren, there is little chance of a radical overhaul. But we will see, not losing hope here…