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India to promote environment friendly vehicles to reduce pollution

DELHI: The Indian Government is proactively promoting innovative environment friendly vehicles to reduce vehicular pollution across the country said Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Munsukh L. Mandaviya in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
He said that Bharat Stage IV Fuel Norms have been applicable in India since the year 2010 in Delhi and NCR and certain cities. The set norms have been mandated in phase wise manners across the country. The Government has notified G.S.R. 643(E), dated 19/08/2015 for introduction of BS- IV fuel throughout the country by the year 2017.
Steps have also been taken by notifying alternate fuels like ethanol, biogas, electric hybrid etc. by amending the Central Motor Vehicle Rules. The Ministry has issued GSR 889(E) dated 16th September, 2016 for introduction of BS VI, mandating mass emission standard for BS-VI throughout the country with effect from April 1, 2020, said Mandaviya.
He added that the National Green Tribunal through its order dated July 18, 2016 and July 20, 2014, in the case of Vardhaman Kaushik V/s Union of India directed that diesel vehicles older than 10 years be deregistered in the Delhi NCR region.
The proposal to introduce ‘Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme’ to enable the replacement of Old Vehicles is also under consideration, said the minister. This will ensure phasing out of older polluting vehicles and enable their replacement with fuel efficient and environment friendly vehicles, he said.
The concept note on ‘Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme’ to enable the replacement of Old Heavy and Medium Commercial Vehicles as they contribute the maximum of vehicular pollution was placed on Ministry’s official website for information and comments from concerned Ministries and Departments and other stakeholders. The matter has been placed before the Committee of Secretaries for their recommendations as well.
Musafir Namah Bureau

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