The Great Debate (India)

Indian dilemma — To Nano or not to Nano


Tata Motors is launching the Nano, the world’s cheapest car, on March 23. Bookings open in the second week of April and the 100,000-rupee car is slated to hit Indian roads before July.

nano2As D-day draws near, excitement is palpable among the middle-class. Dealers are reporting thousands of enquires daily for the “people’s car”.

But do Indian cities have space for the Nano on their roads? New Delhi is already bursting at its seams with cars big and small — and it’s a problem that’s fast spreading to other cities.

A year ago, R.K. Pachauri, head of the U.N. body on climate change, had said the Tata Nano was not the transport option for the one billion people of India.