A Green Initiative has been launched by both the Karnataka State Road and Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC).
Citizens across 15 districts of Karnataka which also includes Bengaluru have been called on to report polluting buses spewing high amount of smoke. These citizens should report the matter to BMTC helpline (1800-425-1663) and not only they will be rewarded INR 1,000 for their efforts but the reported bus will also be removed from service.
While last year, 10 polluting buses were reported, this year, citizens have reported three such buses and have also received their rewards. This year’s drive has been launched to ensure that all buses spewing out over 65 Hartridge Smoke Units (HSU) are taken off the roads immediately and new buses that comply with emission standards take its place.
Besides this initiative, KSRTC and BMTC are also seeking increased use of bio-fuel that will take the place of buses emitting harmful substances such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and promethium, all of which have an adverse effect on the environment.
From June this year, BMTC plans 135 buses with 20% bio fuel while BMTC has asked for 2,40,000 liters of bio fuel which would suffice for the next six months. KSRTC on the other hand introduced 10 bio diesel buses last year. These buses have blended fuel with 20% bio diesel and will be replacing 5,000 liters if diesel with bio diesel for a month. This KSRTC claims will prevent emission of 7,650 kgs of CO2 and bring down emission of promethium by 40-50%.
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