Deputy CM calls for ban on old vehicles

PATNA: Deputy CM on Tuesday called for ban on vehicles more than 15-year-old across the country to curb air pollution and prevent .
Speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day national seminar on ‘Urban Climate Resilience: The Context of River Basin’ organized by State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA), SuMo said: “The government of India should bring necessary amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to ban all vehicles more than 15 years old. Besides, there is a need to promote clean fuel.”

The deputy CM also released ‘Patna declaration on air pollution’ aimed at mitigating air pollution. “Patna declaration on air pollution was prepared on the basis of a monthlong study of the level of pollutants in the air in the city in October last year. The corresponding findings were discussed at a workshop in May and it has been finally released on Tuesday,” BSDMA chairman Vyasji told TOI.

SuMo said instructions have been issued to install air monitoring machines at five places in the city. “Sandbars and riverine land come out on the banks of the Ganga in the winter season as the water recedes. This leads to blow of sand and soil particles in the lower level of atmosphere and raises the level of air pollution in the city,” he said.

The deputy CM also said no new brick kilns would be allowed in five blocks around Patna. “Besides, old brick kiln operators have been asked to switch over to clean eco-friendly technique within one year,” SuMo said.

He also asked the experts present to deliberate on preventing floods in Bihar, and Assam among other states. “Flooding and waterlogging are big problems in cities settled on the banks of the Ganga. Besides, the provisions of in building bylaws need to be implemented more strictly,” SuMo said, adding there was the need of constructing earthquake-resistant buildings as majority of the areas in the state were in seismic zone V.

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