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Andhra Pradesh chief minister, N Chandrababu Naidu, has hinted at the phasing out of vehicles that are more than 15 years old on the lines of restrictions imposed in Delhi. The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board has been instructed to target government vehicles that fall under this category.

Naidu expressed displeasure over the transport department's tardiness at undertaking strong measures to control pollution. During a video conference, the chief minister told the joint transport commissioner, V Malyadri, that the department had done nothing to curb the rising pollution. In his reply, Malyadri said that 1.55 million vehicles in the state had been issued 'pollution under control' certificates.

As a step towards combating pollution, Naidu gave the green signal allowing the use of Liquified petroleum gas in motorcycles and cars on an experimental basis.He disclosed plans of installing electronic boards displaying pollution levels in Hyderabad as well as in other district headquarters.