28 Million Polluting Cars To Be Scrapped & Replaced With BS-IV Vehicles

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To deal with air pollution, the Centre unveiled before the Supreme Court an action plan. The plan includes a scheme that would be rolled out nationwide by April 2017 to replace 28 million vehicles registered before March 2005 with BS-IV cars.

Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi informed a bench of Chief Justices that the centre has taken several measures to keep air pollution at bay, but it will need the support of the state government.

Mukul said, "One such important measure is scrapping of old vehicles. The government has already announced the draft policy for voluntary vehicle fleet modernization programme as it has been recognized that old vehicles are significant contributors to the ambient air pollution within the road vehicle sector."

He also mentioned about places where people can leave their old vehicles and get cash incentives for that. According to the AG, this scheme could replace around 28 million vehicles that were registered before March 2005.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar pointed out that trucks and buses at present, conformed only to BS-III standards.The centre would take steps to retrofit diesel vehicles with particulate filters.

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