The Punjab secretary has issued orders to replace the two-stroke rickshaws with four-stroke ones or to convert the two-stroke into four-stroke.

Yet another deadline to convert some 60,000 two-stroke rickshaws into four-stroke plying on the roads of the province to make them environment-friendly is about to over by the end of June this year.

Pressure from the automobile industry is delaying implementation of tighter vehicular emission norms in cities across India. Though four-wheelers in 11 cities, including the four metros, switched from Bharat Stage (BS) III emission norms to BS IV on April 1, other cities supposed to make the switch from BS II to BS III norms have to wait.

Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today presented a surplus Budget of Rs 48 crore, focusing on poor, farmers, potable water, power and health sectors. However, he has given a jolt to urban population by increasing power tariff and tax on four-wheelers.

Air pollution in capital city Dhaka raised higher than Mexico and Mumbai killing thousands of people prematurely each year, health experts say.

According to the Department of Environment (DoE) the density of airborne particulate matter (PM) reaches 463 micrograms per cubic metre (mcm) in the city during December-March period - the highest level in the world.

KOLKATA, March 23: The state transport minister, Mr Subhas Chakraborty, admitted today that the state government have delayed a crackdown on the huge number of unregistered auto-rickshaws plying in the city and its outskirts due to anticipated stiff resistance from their operators.

KOLKATA, March. 19: Calcutta High Court's extension of deadline for phasing out petrol and diesel run auto rickshaws into LPG fuelled four stroke ones by a few months, does not seem to have pleased the auto-rickshaw operators.
Leaders of auto-rickshaw operators union today said, even after the extension of the deadline, the phase-out still remains an absurd and impossible proposition.

KOLKATA, March 17: The last date for phasing out two-stroke auto rickshaws from the city and acquiring four-stroke ones was extended from 1 January to 31 July by the Division Bench of Mr SS Nijjar, Chief Justice and Mr Justice Pinaki Ghosh of Calcutta High Court today.