Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has prepared a 48-point action plan to control air pollution in the city.
The board aims to implement all the measures by December 2019 and has divided the period as 'short, mid and long'. Transport department, police department (traffic), food and supplies department, BMRCL, BDA and BBMP will be the implementing agencies.
Some of the measures include use of mechanical sweepers, fine to the vehicle owners (not drivers) their emission exceeds limits, regular monitoring of emission by BMTC buses and increase the bus service to all the satellite bus stands and BBMP outskirts.
In the long run the BMTC has been asked to implement the electric buses in different phases and the KSRTC has been asked to construct satellite bus stands at all National highways connecting to the city.
Another major plan involves the food and supplies department. They have been entrusted to ban sale of unscientifically reprocessed oil used by street vendors and to curb adulteration of fuel with cheap oils and solvents.
The BMRCL has been urged to complete the Metro rail route by December 2020.
In order to green the city, the BBMP has to create green buffer along the traffic corridor and take up greening of open areas and school and develop gardens by June. However, much to the displeasure of citizen activists, the BDA has been asked to construct flyovers and underpasses at congested areas by December....