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SIAM calls for a holistic plan

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on December 16, 2015

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers has called for a holistic plan to mitigate pollution in Delhi.

Reacting to the Supreme Court’s order on curtailing diesel vehicle movement in the city, it suggested that the construction of bypasses in Delhi, which has been delayed for several years, should be completed for truck traffic to be effectively diverted.

Burning biomass and paddy fields should be immediately stopped in and around NCR. Dust collectors and vacuum cleaners should be used to clean road kerbs. A policy should be laid down to remove and scrap old and highly polluting vehicles. An expert committee must be constituted to draw up a holistic action plan for short, medium and long term with quantifiable targets based upon data to ensure sustained air quality improvements.

Historical data shows that pollution levels in Delhi always rise from September to December and drop from January till August, whether the number of vehicles increases or not. Therefore, taking any decision to ban a certain segment of vehicles such as diesel-fuelled automobiles based on rising pollution from September to December will not yield the desired result, SIAM said.

Published on December 16, 2015
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