The Green, Global and the Indian Nano

The brain child of Mr Ratan Tata is an unprecedented landmark in the history of not only the Indian automobile industry, but also the entire world. What was once thought impossible by many has become a reality today and now when we face this incredulous reality, it seems hard to digest.‘Good things come in great packages’ is rare and needs microscopic inspection; same goes the story with NANO. There are scores of articles and write-ups which talk about growing environmental concerns which this smart ‘People’s Car’ projects. Priced at Rs. 1 lakh, it shakes the unspoken class hierarchy on road. A whole family sitting in perilous conditions on a two wheeler can now afford the comfort and safety of a car.With a little more to spend, people can now have the glore and pride of owning a car.


As the conclusion and concerns go, it would lead to greater number of cars, more congestion on roads and more carbon dioxide emissions.


The advocates would put forth the much publicized counter arguments that it exceeds the Indian regulatory standards and its emissions are much below those emitted by two wheelers. Is it that a better substitute in terms of both environmental concerns and safety issues?


‘Need is the mother of inventions’- RATAN TATA fulfilled a much prevalent need in his own global way.


In wake of the environmental issues, if the world starts targeting NANO as a threat, then it is definitely a shift of focus in a wrong direction. This is a legitimate concern for all of us, but that does not imply NANO to be a threat, which, in fact, is as technologically concerned as most of us. It meets all current legislated emission criteria and in terms of overall pollutants, it has a lower pollution level than two wheelers being manufactured in India today.


If people say that it will lead to increased congestion and chaos on roads, then this simply calls for better road management system and better infrastructure. Looking ahead, five years from today,if we are to produce and sell five lakh NANOS every yea, it would then at the end of five years constitute approximately 2.5% of all passenger vehicles in the country. This would hardly be considered the nightmare of congestion that is being raised about NANO.


Growth is imminent, it cannot be curbed. So to say, the increasing liberalization of the aviation sector poses as much pollution and environmental problems. Have we ever been alarmed so greatly before? The whole process of modernization and urbanization is geared to the detriment of the environment. NANO is just one more feather to the gap. So instead of demonstrating a constricted view, we must applaud it. To put it in Ratan Tata’s words “Think big with a small car”.


Those who possess the power to spend will as it is buy a car. So why not then go for a greener, cheaper, cleaner, technologically updated NANO?


These concerns need to be put in right faces as can be the case in government policies. The government should levy high taxes and discourage people from buying cars as is the case in many developed countries .Increased revenues can in turn be then directed in strengthening public transport,


Why put the blame on NANO, which is a boost to a large population in India? Three quarters of Indian population lives on less than $2 per day. So a 2500$ car is as it is out of their reach.


Now, the growing middle class which largely travels on two wheelers and auto rickshaws etc. can switch over to a convenient NANO which is any day more eco friendly than the above two. Also it is more efficient and eco friendly than the current cheapest car option, be it Maruti Suzuki Alto or a second hand car. The car also has high fuel efficiency and gives and average of 21km per litre.


It is green and it is what India needs. So NANO is certainly not a no-no.


Komal Agarwal

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