Bengaluru, May 4: In a bid to save Bengaluru, the Garden City from air pollution, an interesting guideline which states that vehicle owners who do not possess an emission certificate will be denied fuel has been put out. In the action taken report of the Transport Department a directive to the Food and Civil Supplies department has been made.
This was revealed when the Karnataka High Court was hearing a suo-motu Public Interest Litigation which seeks to bring down the air pollution levels in the city of Bengaluru. During the course of the hearing the government of Karnataka submitted that among the many steps being undertaken one such step would be to deny fuel to those who do not possess emission certificates.
The transport report and the pollution control board which has been working on steps to reduce air pollution had made a series of suggestions. Among the many suggestions one was to ensure that any vehicle which does not have an emission certificate on it should be denied fuel. This would be applicable to all vehicles wanting to fill fuel in the city.
Additional Advocate General of Karnataka A S Ponnanna told the High Court that the food and supplies department will issue a notification soon on preventing refueling of vehicles without the emission certificate. The food and civil supplies department is the regulating authority for the fuel bunks in the city and hence a notification to this effect will be issued by them, Ponnanna also informed.
Draft notification ready:
As per the submissions made by the additional advocate general, the draft notification by the food and civil supplies department is ready. The government told the High Court Division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Wagela and Justice Ram Mohan Reddy that there are various actions taken by the government to bring down noise and air pollution levels in the city.
The government further submitted that the notification relating to "no emission certificate, no fuel," is being notified shortly and the same is being issued on the directives that the State Pollution Control Board had issued in August 2014.