The Royal Enfield Himalayan was recently launched amidst much fanfare in Mumbai on 16th March. It received a lot of press coverage and everyone in India and the world were eager to know the price. However, not many stopped to question why the company presented the price for Mumbai except for Delhi. The answer is simple- Delhi government will not allow the sale of Himalayan on the roads. The reason for this is simple and straightforward. The Himalayan does not meet BS-4 emission norms.
The Delhi government is clear on its stance. As of 1st April 2016, only bikes that comply with Bharat Stage-4 emission norms will be cleared for registration in the country’s capital. Other than Delhi, the rest of India currently follows BS-3 emission standards for two-wheelers and BS-3 and BS-4 standards for passenger cars. This comes as a blow for Royal Enfield as they are planning to roll out BS-4 compliant Himalayans only in April 2017. Other than RE, other high profile manufacturers like Bajaj are also at cross roads with the Delhi government. The deadline for existing bikes to convert from BS-3 to BS-4 standards is 31st March 2016.
Since the ban applies to only Delhi, other areas of NCR do not come under this ban. This is a potential loophole in the ban. The reality is that the sudden ban of BS-4 bikes in Delhi will be a major financial blow to the top motorcycle manufacturers. Stay tuned for more information in this section.