Bangalore City is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. It has the highest 2 wheeler population in the world. Most of the vehicles running on petrol mixed with oil and vehicles running with diesel emit excessive smoke thereby causing air pollution affecting public in general and children in particular, as a result, diseases like respiratory disorders, skin irritation and cancer are on the rise day-by-day.
Majority of the vehicles ply on the city roads without emission check certificate. It is therefore necessary for the vehicles to have emission checks every six months and for which Pollution under Check certificate (PUC) should be obtained. It is found that only 15 – 20% of the vehicles have PUC and the rest have not undergone such checks thereby causing air pollution.
It is found that the Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) values are 103% exceeded to National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP) standard (60.0ug/M3 and remaining Sulphur Dioxide(SO2) and Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) are also not at ideal level at places like Graphite India, White Field Road, Bangalore.
It is decided to have a joint drive by Bangalore Traffic Police in association with Transport Dept. and Pollution Control Board to reduce Air Pollution and to create awareness among the general public regarding bi-annual emission checks.
Sri. B. G. Jyothiprakash Mirji, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City inaugurated ‘joint drive’ to control Air Pollution on 02-03-2012 at 10-30 AM at Queens circle in the presence of Sri. A.S. Sadashivaiah, Chairman, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and officers of Transport Department.
During the month of March-2012, special checks will be conducted and the public are requested to co operate in observing March-2012 as Pollution Control Month a success. Vehicle owners / drivers are requested to get their vehicles checked for pollution.