Only electric, CNG, and BS-VI diesel-compliant buses can ply between Delhi and neighbouring States from 1 November 2023

Starting from the 1st November 2023, only electric, CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), and BS-VI diesel-compliant buses are permitted to operate between Delhi and neighboring States of Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

  1. This move aims to promote cleaner and more sustainable public transport services within the National Capital Region (NCR), with a focus on reducing emissions and improving air quality.
  2. According to the Ministry of Environment’s action plan, the complete transition to only electric, CNG, and BS-VI compliant diesel buses in the entire NCR is expected to be effective from the 1st of July, 2024.
  3. The Transport Department and Traffic Police Department of Delhi, as well as NCR States, have been tasked with ensuring strict compliance through regular monitoring of field-level implementation, including bus services operated by both State Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and private entities.
  4. The Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh governments have been instructed to strictly implement the targeted timelines for inter-city and inter-state bus services serving Delhi and other cities in the NCR.

Q.: What is the main objective of the decision to restrict bus types in the National Capital Region (NCR)?

a. Reducing road congestion
b. Promoting tourism
c. Reducing emissions and improving air quality
d. Increasing inter-state trade

Ans : c. Reducing emissions and improving air quality

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