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The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has done an independent assessment of the fuel adulteration problem in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) and the National Capital Region (NCR) following a direction from the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) under the Supreme Court order dated November 22, 200

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The current emission standards and safety measures for conversion of in-use vehicles to CNG are extremely lax. The emission standards only require the vehicles to meet the equivalent standards for diesel and petrol vehicles in force in the year of manufacture. This means that a pre-1996 vehicle after being converted to CNG would have to meet only the outdated emission

The first in the series of independent technical assessments by three CNG experts, this report provides a clear roadmap to help the government design appropriate policies, chart new action plans and re-orient strategies to implement the CNG programme in India's capital. Its release coincided with the introduction of CNG buses in the capital amidst the furore raised about their safety and performance.

The Supreme Court in its order of 4.10.1999 called for suggestions regarding emissions control from two-wheelers and three-wheelers. The EPCA, in its earlier report of August, 1999, has made a brief recommendation that on scooters, which are high emitters of particulate, suggesting that the norms be tightened further, and the next set of standards announced early.