200 out of 250 buses of roadways going from Uttarakhand to Delhi will be braked from October 1. Actually, the Delhi government has sent a letter to give entry only to BS-6 buses. The Transport Corporation has only 50 buses including 22 Volvo and some contracted buses with BS-6 standard.
Recently, Uttarakhand Transport Corporation has received a letter from OP Mishra, Special Commissioner of Delhi Transport Department.
It has been told that keeping in view the situation of air pollution in Delhi and NCR, the NGT had also directed that from April 1, 2020, there will be no buying and selling of BS-IV vehicles in Delhi. Only BS-VI vehicles will operate. Besides, the NGT has already directed that diesel vehicles older than 10 years will not be allowed to ply in the NCR.
It has been told in the letter that the entire public transport of Delhi has been CNG based. Therefore, from October 1, no BS-4 bus of any state will be allowed in Delhi. Only BS-6 roadways buses will be able to enter. After this letter, the Transport Corporation has also started its preparation. About 250 buses of the corporation operate on the Uttarakhand to Delhi route. Of these, barely 50 buses including 22 Volvos and a few contractual ones are BS-VI. For this, the corporation is now going to buy 141 BS-6 buses, whose tender has been out.
What is BS-6
BS means Bharat Stage. It is directly related to emission standards. In fact, vehicles equipped with BS-6 engines have special filters, due to which 80-90 percent of PM 2.5-like particles can be stopped. It also controls nitrogen oxides. Due to which pollution will be stopped a lot. According to Auto Expert, the particles of pollution in the air in BS-6 vehicles come down from 0.05 to 0.01. Due to which the environment remains clean. Pollution is reduced by up to 75 percent when vehicles (petrol and diesel) are equipped with BS-6 engines.
A letter has been received from Delhi Govt. Entry of BS-4 buses will be closed from October 1. Even before this we have started procuring BS-6 buses. We have recently floated a tender for the purchase of 141 BS-6 buses. Hopefully, before that we will get over this problem.
-Rohit Meena, MD, Transport Corporation
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