SPCB State Pollution Control Board has decided to scan the general air quality of main tourist place because the high vehicular emission is becoming the primary reasons of increasing pollution levels in the state.

The decision comes in after the notice issued by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act to check the regular record of air and noise pollution.

Till now only the RTOs of Shimla and Dharamsala informed related the number of vehicles that were questioned for noise pollution because they were using pressure and multi-tones horns. Other RTOs have not filed any report to SPCB related the action taken by them in this regard.

Total of 145 vehicles was tested in 2014 in Shimla and 63 during this year for using pressure horns, Dharamsala 212 vehicles were tested last year and an only 12 during 2015.

TERI-The Energy and Resource Institute has indicated the number of cars in Himachal that increased from 2.4 lakh in 2001 to 7.3 and lakh in 2012. This figure has risen extremely in the last three years, Shimla alone having 80,000 registered vehicles.

The SPCB has explained its, inefficacy in checking high vehicular emission by saying that this can only be handled by the Transport Department, and they can only support them. They said that from time to time they sent a communication to the Transport Department in this regard.

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