By: Nidhi Bharti
With Chandigarh Transport Undertaking running buses which have outlived their life, and incidences of extensive adulteration of fuel, vehicular pollution is becoming a serious problem in the city.
However, Ravinder Singh, Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) at the State Transport Authority, said that buses which were not from Chandigarh were creating much of the problem. He admitted that mixing of diesel with kerosene adds to the pollution.
“On an average, we issue 15 challans daily for pollution. We also conduct random checking of vehicles and impound them. The life span of many of the low-floor CTU buses has ended. However, the situation will be better when the city gets new buses,” said Ravinder Singh.
However, figures do not support his claim of issuing challans to vehicles for causing pollution. In 2013, as many as 79 pollution challans were issued by the traffic police which included 38 to two-wheelers, nine to three-wheelers, 20 to four-wheelers, nine to commercial vehicles and three to other vehicles.
In 2014, only nine pollution challans were issued till July 31, which included two to two-wheelers, one each to three-wheelers and commercial vehicles, and five to four-wheelers.
P J S Dadhwal, Member Secretary of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, said, “People should try to use public transport rather than private vehicles in order to reduce pollution in the environment. The buses are eco-friendly as compared to private vehicles.”
“We conduct a checking of the buses for pollution every three months. The problem of black smoke emission is caused by driving habits. When a certain amount of acceleration is given to a vehicle that is not suitable to the gear, the unburnt fuel gets mixed with the burnt fuel and creates black emission,” said S P Parmar, General Manager, CTU.
Parmar said about 70 buses have completed their lifespan. Orders for about 220 new buses have been placed and they are expected by the end of this month.
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