Who’s responsibility is it to put a check on polluting vehicles?
PCB says it’s the responsibility of Police and Transport Minister
During the period of past one year, Himachal Watcher, laid more emphasis on bringing rising air pollution due to completely unchecked vehicular emission in #Shimla to the attention of people and the government, including Shimla Police, Transport Minister G.S. Bali, DSP Traffic Amit Thakur, and HP Pollution Control Board. We regularly posted images/ videos of visibly polluting HRTC/Private buses/Trucks etc. on Shimla roads.
The PCB clearly washed its hands, saying (in official reply) that the board is not responsible for it, rather, it’s solely the duty and responsibility of Shimla Police and Transport Minister to take action against erring people.
Surender Kumar Shandil Enviromental Engineer Shimla Regional Office (HPSPCB) said
With regard to air pollution in the shimla town there is no industrial activity, air pollution is only from the vehicular movement. as per the provisions of motor vehicle act, it is the mandate of transport authority and state police to check and take necessary action. Noise pollution is checked and reported to police authorities to take necessary action.
When HW talked to Traffic Police Cops regarding it, they said that Police is not authorized to take action against such vehicles or to check vehicular pollution.
So, what really going on; same blame game while Shimla is heading toward a dark future with rise in pollutants in air? Climate change and air pollution will have devastating effects on climate patterns. It’s a really unfortunate to hear that the government is not considering it strictly and rather involved in same old, cheap trickery and lethargic attitude, which really unfortunate for the state of Himachal Pradesh.