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Delhi Contemplates Ban on Non-CNG, Non-Electric, and Non-BS-VI Diesel Buses to Tackle Air Pollution

The city is currently grappling with hazardous air quality, exacerbated by factors such as stubble burning in neighboring states and emissions from industries and vehicles.

By: Rekha Joshi  Pardaphash Group
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Delhi Contemplates Ban on Non-CNG, Non-Electric, and Non-BS-VI Diesel Buses to Tackle Air Pollution

New Delhi: In an effort to combat rising air pollution, Delhi is considering a ban on passenger buses that do not run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), electricity, or comply with Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) diesel emission standards. The city is currently grappling with hazardous air quality, exacerbated by factors such as stubble burning in neighboring states and emissions from industries and vehicles.

As part of the graded response action plan (GRAP) stage 4, only trucks are currently restricted from entering the city. The proposed ban on passenger buses, excluding those meeting the specified criteria, aims to address the significant contribution of traditional diesel-powered buses to air pollution.

The implementation of this measure is expected after the Chhath Puja festival, with the goal of curbing emissions and improving air quality. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai is scheduled to conduct a meeting with department and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) officials to assess the implementation of GRAP restrictions.

Analysis by DPCC indicates that Delhi experiences peak pollution from November 1 to 15, coinciding with increased incidents of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. Despite stringent measures under GRAP stage IV, including a construction ban and restrictions on diesel trucks, Delhi’s air quality has deteriorated in recent days.

In addition to the proposed bus ban, the transport department is planning to enhance surveillance at all entry points to Delhi with the installation of cameras for electronic monitoring. This measure aims to penalize vehicles violating pollution measures, with trucks and buses facing a ₹20,000 fine for “no parking,” making it one of the highest traffic challan amounts for any violation enforced by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM).

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