Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pollution from VEHICLES..

Its quite long time I could not even write a single post in my Blog. Almost one year…

Having joined new organization Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPPCB) I thought to start posting my views on issues related to Environment.

Environment! Is really this an important subject for us ? The main reason for this (i)relevant question is that every one of us ( including me ) love to talk on this hot topic, wish to list thousand suggestions for its improvement , put series of action plans but very less or almost no action at his own level. I don’t know when Charity will really begins to start from home……

Take a simple example of Air Pollution and issues related to this problem. Statistics show that we in Hyderabad are having around 27 lakhs vehicles (against 11 lakhs in 2001). Every year additional 20000 vehicles are being added. ( App 550 to 600 vehicles per day). The vehicular pollution is responsible for causing 50 % contribution to Respirable Suspended particulate Matter (RSPM ) or PM 10. The ill effects of air pollution do not need any introduction.

So being the state of affairs of our city what as a responsible citizen we can do at individual level. Not much…isn’t it? People having money continue to purchase new vehicles mainly for their need which includes luxury. Vendors keep on adulterating fuel which further aggravates the pollution. Roads get widen if possible otherwise we need to add series of flyovers and flyovers.( Hope the construction works continue without any scams if possible ).

I think all these need based actions will certainly be followed by reactions in the form of pollutions of varied quality and quantity. Howsoever considerable reduction in the pollution can be achieved through following few practical and workable tips if taken with little seriousness and concern for the society.

1. Prudent use of vehicle even if is provided by the company/Govt.

2. Car pooling wherever possible including children for the school.

3. Using Public transport wherever possible.

4. Tuning of engine regularly.

5. Think using cycles or walking for smaller distance.


  1. Sir,
    Good Evening.

    Very interesting and educative blog. The cartoon on the homepage is quite impressive and thought provoking.

    May I please be permitted to add that, apart from the above useful tips, implementation of the legislation for phasing out of old vehicles and introduction of CNG/LPG in all cities and major towns may be of immediate necessity, because, as you are fully aware that most of the old vehicles and even vehicles like Autos (though not of 15 years of age) emit thick black smoke, due to bad engine condition and adulterated fuel. Sometimes, the adulteration is done by the vehicle owners themselves intentionally (adding kerosene in petrol by auto drivers for cost efficiency). I have even seen some of the State owned RTC buses emit thick smoke, as if they are run with Coal as fuel.

    Ramana Murty
    Senior Asst.,
    APPCB, Vizag.

  2. Hello sir,
    To stop this pollution best solution is motorized cycles with veg oil engines
    solar,battery looks stylish but pollutes in preparation and maintenance cost.
    svo,wvo, are best fuels pollutes less i,e 90% less than diesel and ..% less than biodiesel,i am even anti to lpg/electric in run time the look eco but background asks for import,nuclear etc.