Many companies like Maruti Suzuki have decided to move out diesel versions from their line-up as they would have required heavy investments to upgrade to the stricter emission standard, and thus would become highly expensive for consumers.
The proposals are among several measures to be discussed on Friday by the Digital Communications Commission (DCC), the inter-ministerial panel comprising top officials, that could provide much-needed relief to beleaguered telcos such as Vodafone Idea and Airtel.
The Tata Group has told the government that its share in the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues is Rs 2,197 crore only, which it has already paid, and not the Rs 13,823 crore that has been demanded by the telecom department (DoT).
The reassuring words from one of the country’s most-experienced telecom executives comes amid heightened concerns over the ability of mobile companies, including Vodafone Idea and Airtel, to tide over the financial mess as they scramble to pay the government Rs 1.47 lakh crore, as ordered by the top court in the October 24 AGR judgment.
While claiming that no proposal is on the table at this time, Munjal said about the possibility of partnership with a premium maker, “The sooner it happens, it’s good for everyone.” It is understood that the American company held talks with Hero Moto-Corp recently as it firms up a long-term local plan for India, something it did in China a few months ago.
The quality of services offered by mobile operators has failed to see an improvement, despite recent hikes in tariffs, Trai has said. The regulator expressed serious concerns over depleting consumer services, especially in multi-storied office complexes and residential areas, malls and airports.
Experts believe that unlike traditional petrol automobile products that need high-tech engineering for designing engines and transmission systems, the heart of e-bike technology is its battery and motor, which is mostly imported from China.
With a large number of manufacturers giving this edition of Auto Expo 2020 a miss, including top names such as BMW, Audi, Jaguar etc. the biennial event has literally been rescued by the Chinese makers who have booked over 20% of the total 40,000 sq meters at hand.
MG Motors, a subsidiary of Chinese auto major SAIC, has invested over Rs 3,000 crore in India so far, and is now preparing to pump in additional investments to launch new models.
Audi India declares to go diesel-free from April this year as it switches to BS6 norms. With this, there will no diesel options for models such as Q3 and Q5 SUVs and A3, A4 and A8 sedans. The focus for the carmaker will be electrification, including hybrids and full electrics, said Audi India head, Balbir Singh Dhillon.
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