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Construction : Web Exclusive | May 2017 | Source : Equipment India

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Misinterpretation of Supreme Court BS III ban has brought the construction equipment and tractor industry on its knees.

While the motor vehicle industry was directed to be prepared to down the shutters on their BS III vehicles, a shock was in store for the tractor and construction vehicle industry.An estimated 25,000 tractors and over 1,600 units of construction equipment vehicles have not been registered by RTOs in many states, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Tamil Nadu since the ban came into force on April 1.

Speaking at the 4th Equipment India Awards and CEO Forum, the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers' Association president Anand Sundaresan raised an alarm on the how the industry was gasping for breath and it was taken by surprise. "The Supreme Court order to ban BS-III vehicles has been misinterpreted by many RTOs in states like Delhi, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. This has resulted in new construction equipment vehicles not being registered," he said. Unfortunately, this has happened at the peak of the season for the infrastructure industry which is in the throes of acceleration in growth armed with a Rs 3.96 lac crore spending package in the Union Budget.

The Central Motor Vehicles Rules have separate and distinct rules for emissions from agricultural tractors, power tillers, construction and earth moving vehicles, and combine harvesters. All these come under Rule 115A; other vehicles meant for transportation of goods and passengers are under Rule 115. Tractors follow the Bharat (Trem) Stage III A emission norms, different from the BSIII norms for other vehicles. The order was not meant for tractors, combines and heavy construction vehicles, which have different emission norms.

“The Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is now expecting a clarification to emerge,” said Sundaresan, also vice-chairman and managing director at Schwing Stetter, a construction equipment maker. The impacted segment is valued at Rs 20,000 crore, with an annual volume of 48,000 units. Sundaresan said that all efforts are on to involve various agencies which can provide a relief from this draconian interpretation.
We at, Construction World & Equipment India, feel that the Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways must step in and quickly clarify this interpretation and restore the industry on track for helping achieve the targets set by the ministry.
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