On Friday, Prime Minister Modi stated that fitness, not age, would be the criterion for scrapping obsolete automobiles. If private automobiles older than 20 years and commercial vehicles older than 15 years fail the fitness test, they will be scrapped. Modi said the National Vehicle Scrapping Policy would help produce income from trash; a notion used in industrialized countries and urged India to strive for “clean, congestion-free, and convenient mobility” in the twenty-first century.
Many elderly vehicles in Delhi-NCR, however, will not be eligible for the reward because the NGT and the Supreme Court have made age, rather than fitness, the condition for retirement. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Road Transport Minister, had previously stated that the Centre would seek legal opinion on whether it should seek a review of the NGT and SC orders following the unveiling of the policy.
“Rare metals are already rare,” Modi added, emphasizing the need to safeguard the environment and curb natural resource exploitation. But who knows, maybe even the abundant metals will become rare,” he said, adding that the effects of climate change are now being felt by everyone.
He claims that generating metal for car production from destroyed automobiles will save a lot of money by reducing the amount of scrap imported, and that reuse is also a strategy to reduce natural resource exploitation. According to the PM, India imported scrap material worth Rs 23,000 crore last year. The long-awaited initiative, according to Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, will improve the supply of low-cost raw materials for car manufacturing because wasted parts may be reused.
Nearly one crore vehicles were discovered without valid fitness and registration certificates, according to Gadkari. As he argued for the necessity to build up more vehicle shredding centers in the country, Union Transport Secretary Giridhar Aramane claimed that environmental concerns may lead courts and state administrations to ban obsolete automobiles.
The new strategy, according to the PM, will foster a circular economy and make economic development more sustainable and environmentally benign. “The strategy, which aims to recycle outdated and unfit vehicles, would give India’s mobility and auto sector a new identity,” he added.