Volkswagen vows to comply with NGT order to deposit Rs 100 cr; reiterates firm's vehicles adhere to emission norms

  • NGT slammed Volkswagen for not depositing Rs 100 crore as per its November 16, 2018 order and directed to submit the amount within 24 hours

  • In reply, Volkswagen said it will comply with the NGT order

  • In November 2018, NGT had said use of 'cheat device' by Volkswagen in diesel cars in India led to environmental damage

New Delhi: Reiterating that all its cars conform to emission norms in India, German auto major Volkswagen Thursday said it will comply with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order and deposit Rs 100 crore with the authority within the stipulated time frame.

Volkswagen's response came after the NGT slammed it for not depositing Rs 100 crore in accordance with its November 16, 2018 order and directed the company to submit the amount within 24 hours.

"The Volkswagen Group reiterates that all cars from the group are compliant with the emission norms in India. The order of the honourable NGT is already under challenge before the honourable Supreme Court. However, the Volkswagen Group India will comply with the order of honourable NGT and deposit the money, as directed," said Volkswagen Group India spokesperson.

 Volkswagen vows to comply with NGT order to deposit Rs 100 cr; reiterates firms vehicles adhere to emission norms

Volkswagen logo. Reuters.

Earlier during the day, a bench headed by NGT chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel took strong exception to the non-compliance of its order by the automobile giant and asked it to give an undertaking that it will submit the amount by 5 pm on Friday.

The tribunal deferred the matter for hearing after it was informed that the Supreme Court is also seized of the issue.

On 16 November, 2018, the tribunal had said that the use of 'cheat device' by Volkswagen in diesel cars in India leads to environmental damage and had asked the company to deposit an interim amount of Rs 100 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The tribunal was hearing pleas filed by a school teacher, Saloni Ailawadi, and a few others, seeking a ban on sale of Volkswagen vehicles for alleged violation of emission norms.

A 'cheat' or 'defeat device' is a software which the company was found using in its diesel engines to manipulate emission tests by changing performance of its cars globally.

In December 2015, Volkswagen India had recalled 3,23,700 vehicles to fix the emission software after Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) conducted tests on some models and found that their on-road emissions were 1.1-times to 2.6- times higher than the applicable BS-IV norms.

The automobile giant had admitted to the use of 'defeat device' in 11 million diesel engine cars sold in the US, Europe and other global markets to manipulate emission test results.

After the tests by ARAI, Volkswagen India had undertaken to rejig the software by recalling around 3.23 lakh vehicles fitted with EA 189 diesel engines which were in alleged violation of emission norms.

The company, however, had said that the recall in India was purely voluntary in nature as it did not face any charges regarding violating emission norms in India unlike in the US.

 

 

To keep watching India’s No. 1 English Business News Channel – CNBC-TV18, call your Cable or DTH Operator and ask for the Colors Family Pack (inclusive of 24 channels), available for Rs. 35/- per month, or subscribe to the channel for Rs. 4/- per day.

To keep watching the Leader in Global Market & Business News – CNBC-TV18 Prime HD, call your Cable or DTH Operator and ask for the Colors Family HD Pack (inclusive of 25 channels), available for Rs. 50/- per month, or subscribe to the channel for Rs. 1/- per day.

Updated Date: Jan 17, 2019 15:03:23 IST