Delhi's air pollution is a classic case of environmental injustice

The news that India is introducing a new tax on car sales to help combat severe air pollution and congestion problems has unsurprisingly been decried by the country’s car industry.

The chair of India’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki, says the tax “is going to hurt the industry, and will impact growth and affect job creation”. Following the announcement, shares in Maruti Suzuki traded more than 5% lower.

Delhi Tackles Air Pollution With Trial Car Ban

To combat its pressing air pollution problem, Delhi, capital territory of India and one of the world's most polluted cities, has issued a two-week car ban that effectively halves the number of cars on its roads.

In December, India’s Supreme Court issued an order prohibiting odd numbered non-transport four wheeled vehicles (privately owned cars) on Delhi’s roads on even dates and vice versa, except for Sundays, from January 1, 2016 to January 15, 2016.

When Vehicles of Comfort Turn Dangerous

With recent measures to reduce air pollution in the national capital it is becoming clear that Delhi is going to become the city-laboratory for other cities of India for testing pollution control strategies. The Delhi government is going to introduce the odd-even number plate formula as an experiment. The Supreme Court has banned heavy engine diesel cars. The central government has decided to go along with these experiments. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the ministry for transport and highways to complete the Eastern Expressway on the outer periphery of Delhi in 400 days.