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The Indian Express revealed the first official indictment against Volkswagen in the country

Tuesday 15/January/2019 - 09:48 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited By: Rabea Yehia


The Indian Express reported that the NGT panel was formed in the wake of the global emission scandal or ‘Dieselgate’ when the company was found guilty of intentionally programming its diesel engines with cheat devices to meet US regulatory standards but actually emit up to 40 times more Nitrous Oxides (NOx) in real-world conditions.

The Indian Express added that in the first official indictment against Volkswagen in the country، the four-member expert panel constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recommended that the German global auto giant pay at least Rs 171.34 crore as a “conservative” fine for damage to health caused in India.

The NGT panel was formed in November last year in the wake of the 2015 global emission scandal or ‘Dieselgate’ when the company was found guilty of intentionally programming its diesel engines with cheat devices to meet US regulatory standards but actually emit up to 40 times more Nitrous Oxides (NOx) in real-world conditions.

The expert panel report accessed by The Indian Express، and filed on December 24، 2018، has estimated that Volkswagen cars released approximately 48.678 tonnes of NOx in 2016. The panel، which used Delhi as the base city to calculate the damages، has “estimated cost of health damage due to additional NOx from the Volkswagen group vehicles is approximately Rs 171.34 crore."

The panel reiterated that “longer exposures to elevated concentrations of NO2 may contribute to the development of asthma and potentially increase susceptibility to respiratory infections”. NOx gases react to form smog and acid rain and are central to the formation of fine particles (PM) and ground-level ozone، both of which are associated with adverse health effects.

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