Recently, the Royal Enfield Himalayan was launched in Mumbai amidst much fanfare. We reported that that the Himalayan was banned in Delhi due to the fact that it failed to meet the Capital’s emission norms. Other than the Himalayan, other new launches like the Suzuki Access and the Bajaj V15 were also banned in Delhi. Now, however, some interesting developments have occurred with the result being the Himalayan getting the thumbs up to be sold in Delhi. The Himalayan is priced at Rs. 1,73,676 (On-road Delhi).
The Delhi government disallowed the sale of the Himalayan and the other above mentioned motorcycles because they were not compliant with BS-IV emission norms. The government has made it mandatory for all new two-wheelers to be complaint with the new norms as of 1st April 2016. However, as we are technically still in march, the government has allowed the sale of these bikes in Delhi.
This is great news for bike enthusiasts in Delhi, who can finally get their hands on India’s first indigenously developed Adventure Tourer. The Delhi government has set 1st April 2017 as the deadline for existing BS-III bikes on the road to be upgraded to BS-IV. The decision to allow the sale of the Himalayan, the V15 and the Access came after SIAM held a meeting with Government officials, during which the issue was amicably resolved. Stay tuned for more information in this segment.