Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Air Pollution Indexes, Standards, Reports and Fly Ash

National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act empowers Central Pollution Control Board to set standards for the quality of air. Current NAAQS were notified by CPCB in the year 2009. Pollutants  covered under NAAQS are Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Particulate Matter PM 10, Particulate Matter PM 2.5,… Continue reading Air Pollution Indexes, Standards, Reports and Fly Ash

Editorials, GS-3

India’s e-waste problem

The Union environment ministry in March 2016 had notified the E-Waste Management Rules 2016 replacing the 2011 version. With this, the Indian government has taken a key step to combat this most lethal form of pollution. The earlier rules issued five years ago were quite inadequate. Why worry about e-waste? Organic and easily recyclable metal,… Continue reading India’s e-waste problem

Editorials, GS-3, Science & Tech

Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme (V-VMP)

The road transport and highways minister, in May 2016, released the first draft of the proposed Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme (V-VMP). The programme proposes to offer tax benefits and discounts to people who junk old vehicles and replace them with new ones. Its primary intention is to reduce emissions and the priority is to… Continue reading Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme (V-VMP)

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

‘Adopting BS-VI norms will make diesel vehicles costlier’

According to a statement issued by ICRA Ratings, “Indian government’s decision to leapfrog the Bharat Stage (BS)-V Emission Standards and implement the BS-VI norms by April 2020, four years ahead of the earlier schedule, will make diesel vehicles costlier by Rs.70,000 to Rs.1,50,000.” The diesel segment is likely to witness a sizeable price increase due… Continue reading ‘Adopting BS-VI norms will make diesel vehicles costlier’

Editorials, Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

High air and water pollution in India’s 41 tier-II cities

India’s 41 tier-II cities, including Tezpur, Rishikesh, Vapi, Angul, Sangrur and Gajraula, too are facing severe air and water pollution. Starting this financial year, the government will spend Rs.553 crore across five years to bring down pollution. While onlyRs.70 crore is allocated for the abatement of pollution in 2016-17, it is anticipated to more than… Continue reading High air and water pollution in India’s 41 tier-II cities