The automakers are also hoping that the government, while implementing the NGT order, will also take into consideration the fate of all the vehicles which are already in the showrooms before the ban was ordered.

"As far as instruction to dealers is concerned, we are confused. We don't know what we have to do in Delhi," Mahindra and Mahindra Executive Director Pawan Goenka said.

Last week, NGT had ordered that diesel-run vehicles will not be registered in Delhi and there will be no renewal of registration of such vehicles which are more than 10 years old.

Expressing similar views, Hyundai Motor India Senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales) Rakesh Srivastava said: "The channel partners are faced with a challenge of addressing customer concerns on registration and delivery of vehicles for which payment has already been accepted."

While it is difficult to ascertain the number of vehicles in stock affected by the ban, according to industry players, most of the automobile manufacturers keep inventory of 4-6 weeks at their respective dealerships.

Renault India Operations Country CEO and MD Sumit Sawhney said, "Customers are confused. At this stage, everything is at a standstill because of this knee jerk and ad hoc step (of NGT). We are waiting and watching."

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