Friday, January 25, 2008

Driving a smoke-belcher? You could soon be taxed

Driving a smoke-belcher? You could soon be taxed

Bangalore: With a study by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board blaming the transportation network for the high state of pollution in Bangalore, KSPCB chairman H C Sharatchandra says the Board has initiated studies and implementable action plans in the transport, energy and waste water sectors. “We are working towards an air-quality index, which will indicate the cause, levels and implications of each of these pollutants.’’
The Board will circulate the inventory among fellow scientists and institutions and will then compile their comments. “In five months, we hope to take this study further. We will include five other cities in the state under it,” he said.
The Board has recommended reduction in private vehicles, strict implementation of emission-compliance norms, encouragement of fuelefficient vehicles, special tax on non-fuel efficient vehicles, check on growth of two-wheelers and strong awareness campaigns. These recommendations will be submitted to a committee, headed by council chairman B K Chandrashekhar, formed to check climate change.


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