What Cabinet decision has been taken on Mashelkar report, NGT asks Centre

Roads chock-a-block with vehicles are a usual sight in the Capital.File Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Roads chock-a-block with vehicles are a usual sight in the Capital.File Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma  

With the rising vehicular pollution across metros becoming a matter of concern, the National Green Tribunal earlier this week asked the Centre to place before it the Dr. Mashelkar Committee Report on auto fuel quality, vehicular emission norms and related issues.

An NGT bench headed by Justice P. Jyothimani directed the Ministries of Health & Family Welfare, Road Transport and Highways, Women & Child Development and the Ministry of Finance to “produce Dr. Mashelkar Committee report which is available with the Government of India and also the consequential Cabinet decision taken in that regard…”

It also asked them to produce the Soumitra Chowdhury Commission Report on Auto Fuel Vision Policy–2025.

The Bench was hearing a petition filed by Agra-based paediatrician Sanjay Kulshresthra seeking a check on vehicular pollution and measures such as phasing out old vehicles, vehicle quota and additional tax on fuel-inefficient cars.

It also ordered that “the Ministry of Road Transport shall file details in respect of number of vehicles which are registered with RTOs in various cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Kanpur and Agra, which includes four wheelers and two wheelers”.

The Dr. Mashelkar Report of 2002 suggested an auto fuel policy and gave two road maps up to 2010, one for vehicular emission norms for new vehicles and second for measures to be taken for reducing pollution from in-use vehicles.

Besides recommending progressive upgrading of liquid fuels and CNG/LPG in cities with high vehicular pollution, the other main recommendations included expansion and augmentation of air quality monitoring network, undertaking surveys and studies for source of pollution, creating data base linking air pollution and vehicular emission to diseases, taking measures to check adulteration in liquid auto fuels.

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