Bihar Govt bans vehicles older than 15 years in Patna

The Nitish Kumar government has imposed a ban on government vehicles older than 15 years to tackle the increasing pollution in the state.

Nov 5, 2019 15:10 IST
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The Bihar Government has taken a big decision in view of the worsening situation of air pollution in the state. Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, held a special meeting with top officials on November 4, considering the problem of pollution in many cities and regions.

The Nitish Kumar government has announced a ban on government vehicles older than 15 years to tackle the increasing pollution in the state. Also, private vehicles will have to undergo pollution checks. The state government has taken many major decisions to curb pollution. All these decisions will come into effect from November 7.

Key Highlights

• The government has banned all commercial vehicles older than 15 years in the capital Patna.
• Apart from this, the operation of private vehicles has not been banned in the entire state.
• Pollution checks have been made mandatory for private vehicles older than 15-year-old. The old pollution certificate will be of no importance.
• The situation of air pollution in major cities of Bihar has become worrisome.
• Bihar's capital Patna is among the top 10 cities with the highest air pollution in the country.

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Air Pollution in Bihar

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released the Air Quality Index (AQI) recently that shows the worsening state of pollution in the region. As per the report, the PM2.5 level in Patna has reached at the level of 428 micrograms per cubic meter. It was also mentioned by Bihar Chief Secretary, Deepak Kumar, in a press briefing that auto-rickshaws use kerosene or mix diesel as a fuel that becomes a major reason for pollution. As per the data released by the state government, vehicles account for about 30% of the air pollution in the state.

Ban on straw burning

It was informed in the meeting that burning of straw in the villages create serious pollution problem. The government decided that burning of straw will also be banned. A massive awareness campaign will be conducted across Bihar for this. Apart from this, instructions have been given to the officials that strict action should be taken against the violators. It was also decided that sales of CNG vehicles will be given more boost in Bihar to prevent pollution. The state government is considering some steps to boost sales of electric vehicles in Bihar.

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