Beyond Repair?

Published: Friday 30 November 2001

Beyond Repair?

-- The Indian automobile industry has come of age. But in terms of corporate environmental management, even the giants prefer to remain greenhorns. Companies are aware that the automobile industry is one of the most poorly regulated sectors in India. And they have used every lacuna in the law to their advantage. To a large extent, they have been helped in their ignoble cause by the Union government, which has turned a blind eye to the increasing vehicular fleet and the resulting pollution.

The Green Rating Project (GRP) subjected the sector to a rigorous scrutiny and found them wanting in more ways than one: multinationals dump obsolete technology with impunity; the small-scale sector has been burdened with the polluting processes and subsidies are milked for the rich. GRP found that the bumpy journey through the life of a vehicle is steeped in pollution -- from the engine to the exhaust pipe. And there are hardly any shock absorbers.

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