The Nitish Kumar Government on imposed a complete ban of state-owned vehicles which were more than 15 years old in Bihar.
Talking to reporters in Patna after a high-level meeting on pollution control chaired by the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar said the restriction on vehicles more than 15 years old has also been extended to commercial vehicles “only for the Patna metropolitan area”.
He also said that private vehicles have been exempted from the ban, though owners would be required to get fresh pollution tests done and get certificates for which intensive drive will be carried out from Tuesday.
the restrictions will come into force with immediate effect and stay in place until further orders. Also, mandatory fresh pollution checks have been ordered for auto-rickshaws in view of reports that many three-wheelers ran on kerosene and emitted copious fumes”, the Chief Secretary said.
As a long-term measure, the government is thinking about encouraging conversion of all diesel-run auto-rickshaws to CNG-driven ones or, if possible, to use electricity. Subsidies may also be given for those opting for such a change. This is in the pipeline.
A final plan of action will be shared later, he said. Additionally, it was decided at the meeting that to minimise pollution caused by construction activities, all sites shall be duly covered with sprinkling of water carried out at regular intervals, he said.
Trucks and pick-up vans involved in collection of garbage have also been strictly instructed to keep the trash covered on their way to dumping sites, he added.