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Battling the smoke

For me, it’s a 25-minute commute to work each day. One factor that has been leaving me vexed is vehicular pollution and the thick smoke. On a daily basis, within the relatively short travel distance, I come across an average of at least 50 vehicles emitting smoke, which at times makes it difficult even for a person riding pillion on a two-wheeler, to breathe. The cumulative impact it has on the environment and health of every individual has been worrying me ever since I started driving. There can be various reasons for the vehicle to belch smoke, but it’s every vehicle owner’s duty to see to it that the vehicle he or she is using complies with the emission standards.

Under the ongoing Smart City mission, this should be made a part of the proposed solutions in every city. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology can be used to detect those vehicles belching smoke and challan should be issued to the offending vehicle owners as is done in many countries. The law that mandate that every vehicle should take an emission test annually and get the inspection sticker, should be strictly implemented. The emission certificate should be treated as important as a driving licence or registration certificate.

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