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January , 2007
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Plan underway for enforcement of auto emission standards by 2010: GoI

Source: Toxics Link, Date: January , 2007

Replying to a question raised in the Upper House, Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment and Forests Namo Narain Meena has said that a road map has been laid down by the Expert Committee on Auto Fuel Policy for controlling vehicular pollution from both new as well as in-use vehicles all over the country by the year 2010.

Picture of MoEF minister for stateEnforcement of auto exhaust emission standards for new vehicles at manufacturing stage is being implemented, he claimed in a written reply to a query from Members of Parliament, namely Ram Jethmalani, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Jai Prakash Aggarwal.

He also asserted that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is executing a nation-wide programme of ambient air quality monitoring known as National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP). Based on the monitoring of ambient air quality, fifty-one (51) non-attainment cities have been identified in the country in which the prescribed Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) levels, specified under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), are not met.

Enforcement of Auto exhaust emission standards for new vehicles at manufacturing stage is being implemented. Various norms have been introduced, which include Euro-II emission norms for the whole country, Euro-III norms for 11 mega cities, Euro-II compliant fuel for the whole country, Euro-III compliant fuel for 11 mega cities including reduction in Sulphur and Benzene contents in diesel and petrol, unleaded petrol in entire country, cleaner fuels like Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in a few polluted cities, improved Pollution Under Control (PUC) certification system and Mass Transport System in selected cities.

Source-apportionment studies in six cities also have been initiated. The road map on auto fuel policy would focus on controlling vehicular pollution from both new as well as in- use vehicles all over the country, he added.

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