June 09, 2008

Environemental Crisis

In India, diesel comes cheaper than petrol ; justified, as industry and agriculture are dependent on diesel, even though producing costs are higher for diesel, the government subsidises it. This is exploited to the advantage of the vehicle owners, who enjoy the subsidised diesel and buy those diesel guzzling cars as a better and cheaper alternative to petrol and hybrid versions, doing an irreversible damage to the environment. 

I see a solution here, to avoid the social cost, and would liek to see excise duty to increase, which would make diesel expensive for private vehicles, at least. The irony is that Government of  India is losing both ways - subsidizing something which costs them more and paying a cost of the environment too. 

India uses dirty diesel, i.e the sulphur content in the diesel is very high, which other countries have ULCD diesel - which has ultra lower content of sulphur. We are paying heavily for our environment. The emmisions from this dirty diesel is carcinogenic and worse than smoking a cigarette, when it comes to health concerns.

And to add on the trouble, high end cars worth RS 15 lakhs to Rs. 50 lakhs, have a diesel variant and people buy,as itwould save on their petrol costs. Shame on us! when we can afford the costlier petrol , we still go for the cheaper variant, which directly or indirectly affects our own health in a bad way. We are putting our own and our future generations health concerns at stake. Just a bit of awareness towards the environment, would be appreciated and would be the first thing a person should know, when he call himself qualified or educated. 

Also, I would like to see the government banning the diesel variants of the high end cars, in addition to increase in excise duty. 

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