HP Pollution Control Board sleeps while blatant HRTC & private bus emissions destroy Shimla City

SHIMLA – Himachal Watcher has regularly raised the issue of blatant air pollution due to unchecked vehicle emissions. We had also posted a video a couple of months ago showing private and HRTC buses throwing out dense emissions. We had knocked the doors of HRTC, HP Pollution Control Board, and Shimla Traffic Police to intervene and take some measures to control this hazardous situation.

Again, we are posting video clips recorded in last few days. Pay attention to the exhaust pipes of HRTC buses running on Shimla city roads. No one is even noticing it. People have no idea about the ecological disaster that awaits Shimla. The traffic trouble has already hit the city. Administration has completely failed to manage it. There aren’t sufficient parking spaces and there is no one to monitor air pollution caused by vehicles.

Very old HRTC buses are running on road in unmaintained condition. We haven’t heard much from the transport minister GS Bali regarding the issue, neither had the government ever tried to take measures to control the emissions.

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Posted by Himachal Watcher on Thursday, June 4, 2015

National Green Tribunal’s lash hit Manali and Himachal’s tourism industry badly. NGT restricted the entry of vehicles to 1,000 per day. It also imposed heavy cess on vehicles seeking permission to visit Rohtang-Pass. Taxi operators, luxury bus services, autos etc. protested against this decision and went on a week-long strike. Whole trouble was caused due to ignorance of Himachal Pradesh Government that did not made any effort ever to control the rising vehicle traffic and rising emissions. As a result of it, Himachal ended up with over-polluted Rohtang-Pass.

Shimla is going to face similar fate very soon. Moreover, the silence of public and impotency of HP Pollution Control Board will cost us. Not just the ecology, but health of citizens, especially kids is on stake as they are inhaling toxics released in emissions.

Pollution control board is asleep, but the citizens must not follow them. Shimla belongs to people, so people need to fight to preserve its ecology. We would request Himachal’s Transport Minister GS Bali to intervene and take appropriate, stringent measures to put check on such polluting buses and vehicles.

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