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Diesel cars have negated CNG gains, say experts

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Environmentalists want a tax on diesel vehicles to curtail air pollution.
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Environmentalists want a tax on diesel vehicles to curtail air pollution.

‘Effect of introducing CNG in the Capital waning’

The introduction of Compressed Natural Gas in Delhi in the 1990s was applauded by environmentalists. But, all the good work seems to have been frittered away as the Centre for Science and Environment’s director general, Sunita Narain, on Wednesday said the city had been unsuccessful in reducing pollution levels.

“We had been vociferously demanding that CNG needs to be introduced in Delhi. But all the gains made by introducing CNG have been lost. The government is proposing to increase the price of CNG by April,” Ms. Narain said.

She said there was evidence to prove that “pollution levels have increased due to use of diesel, which is carcinogenic”.

“We have been pressurising the Union Finance Minister to tax diesel cars. Last time, SUVs had been taxed. But we want a huge tax on all diesel cars,” said Ms. Narain.

Though the Delhi Metro had been advantageous for the city, Ms. Narain said ‘last mile connectivity’ needed to be addressed.

“We need to have the right to walk and bicycle. Parking rates need to be augmented to discourage people from using vehicles. The fine imposed for illegal parking is only Rs.100. So there needs to be an amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act which needs to go through Parliament.”

To reduce the number of cars in Delhi, Ms. Narain wants more buses to ply within the city.

“We need to have more buses plying from Haryana to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to Delhi,” she added.

She said the fact that Delhi’s pollution level is more than Beijing needed to set alarm bells ringing for those in the corridors of power. “Despite the heat and dust of politics, we do not hear anything related to the environment from political parties.”

Noting that both Delhi and Beijing had begun the fight against air pollution, Ms. Narain said while the Chinese city had taken decisive action, Delhi had lost its steam midway.

“From 2000 to 2008, Delhi undertook a number of steps. It introduced Euro-II and Euro-III emission standards, introduced unleaded petrol, implemented the largest ever CNG programme for buses, three-wheelers and two-wheelers and phased out 15-year-old commercial vehicles. But Delhi needs to take drastic measures like having cleaner fuel.”

Meanwhile, the CSE has refuted the findings of air quality monitoring agency IITM Safar, which said though emissions have increased by 10 to 20 per cent over the past four years, there is no systematic increase or decrease in air pollution.

The head of the CSE’s air pollution and clean transportation programme, Anumita Roychowdhury, said: “IITM Safar had concluded that Delhi’s peak pollution levels are lower than those of Beijing. This is incorrect. We should not miss the crucial point on the need for urgent pollution control to protect public health. This is not the time for complacency when pollution levels are unacceptably high.”

Ms. Roychowdhury added: “If we apply the air quality classification and health alert system of Beijing or the U.S. to Delhi this winter, this city would be in a frequent state of pollution emergency, requiring contingency action.”

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It is lop sided policies of the powers that be that is responsible for the environmental degradation. Where is the need for giving licences for manufacture of diesel operated cars and subsidising the rich and the upper middle class at the cost of other honest tax paying citizens. There should only be diesel operated trucks and passenger buses and manufacturing of ordinary diesel cars (ordinary to luxary varieties) should be stopped. Manufacturing of CNG operated passanger buses and cars should be encouraged. If the rich and upper middle class wants to purchase cars let them buy petrol operated cars and entire subsidy for petrol should be withdrawn. This measure will not only save the environment but also save lost of money for the Govt which can be utilised for other productive purposes

from:  sishtla
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 19:02 IST

It is lop sided policies of the powers that be that is responsible for the environmental degradation. Where is the need for giving licences for manufacture of diesel operated cars and subsidising the rich and the upper middle class at the cost of other honest tax paying citizens. There should only be diesel operated trucks and passenger buses and manufacturing of ordinary diesel cars (ordinary to luxary varieties) should be stopped. Manufacturing of CNG operated passanger buses and cars should be encouraged. If the rich and upper middle class wants to purchase cars let them buy petrol operated cars and entire subsidy for petrol should be withdrawn. This measure will not only save the environment but also save lost of money for the Govt which can be utilised for other productive purposes.

from:  sishtla
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 18:59 IST

It is lop sided policies of the powers that be that is responsible for the environmental degradation. Where is the need for giving licences for manufacture of diesel operated cars and subsidising the rich and the upper middle class at the cost of other honest tax paying citizens. There should only be diesel operated trucks and passenger buses and manufacturing of ordinary diesel cars (ordinary to luxary varieties) should be stopped. Manufacturing of CNG operated passanger buses and cars should be encouraged. If the rich and upper middle class wants to purchase cars let them buy petrol operated cars and entire subsidy for petrol should be withdrawn. This measure will not only save the environment but also save lost of money for the Govt which can be utilised for other productive purposes.

from:  narayana
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 18:54 IST

Please ban the private vehicles.please use only CNG share - auto with life span of 7-10 years.

Please use government buses for Night services.

New delhi alone can not given preference for free CNG, Free parking ,Free diesel , Free service in metro.

Please advert for city planning contest world over - next 50 years with prize money of USD 1 million dollar equal INR.

will get beautiful designs.

Is it true UK has developed a tube below the THAMES river with out affecting the flow?

from:  SELLVAR
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 17:19 IST

I understand that USA is fast replacing all the other fuels like coal, petrol and diesel by natural gas because 1) it is likely to be available in abundance 2) it is cleaner than other fuels. America is also planning to export the natural gas in huge quantities to Asian countries like India, china and japan as a result of their shale gas discoveries. And hence government should give incentives to natural gas users to retain them and to improve their numbers instead of discouraging it's usage.

from:  rengaswamy ganesan
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 13:26 IST

Good Thought and well said. But we want our Political Leaders to focus more onto the Environment and well being of our Citizens rather than fighting with other party leaders for the sake of getting public attention. Leaders are born to serve the nation and its citizens. If they can't address the needs of the Society then what is the need for any Government and its employees ??? Government should take proactive steps before its too late.

from:  Sujith
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 12:30 IST

"The introduction of Compressed Natural Gas in Delhi in the 1990s was applauded by environmentalists" it should be continued ,we should not get discouraged by the results, lets continue with the efforts that are being taken,let us find new ways to bring down the pollution.Let us continue with steps taken“From 2000 to 2008, Delhi undertook a number of steps, introduction of Euro-II and Euro-III emission standards, introduced unleaded petrol, implemented the largest ever CNG programme for buses, three-wheelers and two-wheelers and phased out 15-year-old commercial vehicles. But Delhi needs to take measures like having cleaner fuel.” Let us take good measures to implement and continue. Well Done delhi for taking measures,letus hope our grandchild see the light.

from:  Dr.Mohamed Ahmed
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 11:44 IST

it is not only Delhi, situation in other cities are similar and even worse.

from:  Bhupesh Doda
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 09:01 IST
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