In India, bicycles are acknowledged as a main tool for guranting enrolment in school in rural areas, especially for a girl child. It is a symbol of empowerment of common man. Even a political party in India has fought for having bicycle as an election symbol. Despite all this, the adoption of bicycles remains a problem in the country.
Judgement of the Delhi High Court in the matter of Shweta Kapoor & Others Vs The Govt of NCT of Delhi & Others dated 11/01/2016. The Notification dated 28.12.2015 issued by the Transport Department, Government of NCT of Delhi prohibiting plying of non-transport four wheeled vehicles in the area of National Capital Territory of Delhi on alternate days on the basis of registration numbers of the vehicles is the subject matter of this batch of writ petitions filed by way of Public Interest Litigation.
The Delhi government's move to allow only alternate use of cars with odd and even registration numbers from 1 January 2016 is a step in the right direction. However, even as such command and control measures will be difficult to sustain, the gains made from these measures will only wane over time. Long-term measures with strong economic incentives to ensure favourable outcomes are imperative for better quality of air and environment. This involves strengthening public transportation systems.
Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of Centre for Environment Protection, Research & Development & Others Vs. State of Madhya Pradesh & Others dated 03/08/2015 regarding pollution caused by vehicles in the city of Indore.
Increasing Vehicular population and deteriorating quality of air is the by-product of rapid growth of population and haphazard urbanization in India. The urban population in India has increased significantly from 62 million in 1951 to 285 million in 2001 and is estimated to grow to 540 million by the year 2021. In terms of percentage of total population, the urban population has gone up from 17% in 1951 to 29% in 2001 and is expected to increase up to around 37% by the year 2021. About 55 million vehicles were playing on Indian roads in 2001.
Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of Centre for Environment Protection, Research & Development Vs. State of M.P. & Others. dated 31/03/2014 regarding pollution levels of the city of Indore. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organised a Stakeholder Workshop on Air quality and transportation challenges in Kathmandu on December 27 in collaboration with Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Government of Nepal.