16-pt program to check air pollution in Margao, Vasco

In a bid to control air pollution in the port town of Vasco and Margao, the district authorities have outlined a 16-point program to check increasing air pollution in the two towns, with a suggestion to make pollution check compulsory for all vehicles entering the State.

The program was discussed at a meeting chaired by the District Magistrate, South N D Agarwal with representatives of petroleum companies and other agencies, including the RTO and civic bodies.

Agarwal told newsmen that the meeting suggested to the petroleum companies to supply diesel containing 0.05 per cent sulphur and petrol with one per cent Benzene content.

“As part of the 16 point program, we have recommended a stop to the supply of loose 2T oil at the petrol pumps. Opening of LPG outlets has been recommended in the district”, Agrawal said, while mooting regular checks on adulteration of fuel.

The civic bodies have been told to remove encroachments on the roads, while a proposal has been mooted to introduce “yellow line” concept during traffic jams on the major roads and highways.

The plan consisting of phasing out all 15-year-old buses and construct bypasses since trucks and heavy vehicles pass through the city.

“We have mooted a suggestion for the switch over of three-wheelers to LPG in due course of time. LPG shall be made available by the oil companies as the auto fuel”, Agarwal added. [H]