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Delhi: After 2 months, govt eases ban on CNG kits, but with a rider

According to sources, several car manufacturers had approached the transport department earlier this month, requesting it to lift the ban.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi |
August 13, 2016 3:52:14 am
While the government has ordered an inquiry, hundreds of retrofitting centres and CNG workshops have been hit by the ban. Express photo

The Delhi government Friday issued orders to partially relax the two-month old ban on retrofitting of CNG kits, but only for kits certified by vehicle manufacturers.

“… The retro-fitment of CNG kits may be allowed for endorsement initially on a certificate furnished by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM),” stated the order.

Government sources explained, “The car manufacturer will have to take liability by certifying the kits they purchase and ensure the kits are genuine when they are fit in vehicles. The government will keep an eye on the process.”

The order directs car manufacturers to send the certificates to all zonal authorities. “On receiving the certification, the zonal officer concerned will endorse retro-fitted CNG kits, in the vehicle’s registration certificate,” the order said.

In June this year, the AAP government suspended registration of vehicles retro-fitted with CNG kits, except for factory-fit models sold by manufacturers. The step was taken after the government received complaints about vehicles being fitted with sub-standard kits and the transport department registering thousands of retrofitted vehicles without checking them properly.

While the government has ordered an inquiry, hundreds of retrofitting centres and CNG workshops have been hit by
the ban.

According to sources, several car manufacturers had approached the transport department earlier this month, requesting it to lift the ban.

The ban, however remains in place on local retrofitting centres and workshops where customers can buy and get a kit at a much lower price than a company-fit kit.

The ban on them will be lifted in a few weeks, once the transport department comes up with a software that keeps track of each step of the retrofitting process.

“It will be mandatory for the government to register a car only after verifying and approving every stage of the transaction… this will leave little scope for spurious kit being introduced into the market,” said a government source.

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