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Sinha's trick

Author(s): Anil Agarwal
Issue Date: Mar 31, 2001
If you saw tv programmes or read newspapers on the latest budget, you would have thought it is only for business leaders. The manner in which business editors and columnists went overboard to seek the response of the corporate community to Yashwant Sinha's latest hat-trick of budgetary numbers shows a mind-set that nobody else is important in modern India.

Missing the bus

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2001

but why CNG?

A study says particles emitted by diesel engines can harm the foetus, breaching the safety of the womb. Another study says the risk of developing cancer is four times higher among children travelling in a diesel bus as compared to someone travelling in a car in front of the bus.

Union ministry of surface transport

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2001
The Union ministry of surface transport (most) frames vehicular emission norms and notifies certification procedures for vehicles, as per the Central Motors Vehicles Act (cmva). The emission norms for converted cng buses were notified on February 9, 2000, more than one and half years after the sc order of July 28, 1998. That, too, after a great deal of hesitation.

Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2001
If the Delhi Transport Corporation and the State Transport Authority do not increase the number of their buses, why should we increase capacity for supply? If I order equipment worth several crore rupees without there being adequate number of buses, how would I answer to my superiors?" Thus Rajiv Sharma, managing director of Indraprastha Gas Limited (igl).

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2001
In complete mockery of its very title, the Union ministry of environment and forests (mef) has shown no interest in pushing for implementation of the cng order despite all the power at its disposal. mef is only too happy with the national emission standards, which are nothing more than the minimum requirement.

Abandoned to fate

Though private bus operators will have to shoulder a bulk of the responsibility of phasing in CNG buses, they were the last to be informed by the Delhi government. The first public notification for them came in October 1999. The first meeting to discuss the logistics with them happened as late as August 2000. Private bus operators chose to ignore repeated messages from the Supreme Court over the last two years and continued to buy diesel buses. Because the state government registering diesel buses, they went ahead with buying new ones.

Delhi government

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2001
It has remained confused all along about the cng issue, giving contradictory statements. Delhi government officials have been easy conduits of misleading information from those pro-industry factions that are looking for excuses to not implement the sc order.

Tata Energy Research Institute In service of polluters

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2001
It isn't just the ministries that are misinforming the public about cng and ensuring the non-implementation of the Supreme Court order on cng. The Tata Energy Research Institute (teri), a New Delhi-based energy consultancy, has also contributed to such efforts. The teri -industry nexus is strangulating adoption of cng .


Author(s): Mario
Issue Date: Feb 28, 2001
The Chilean government has banned the use of asbestos in the construction and transportation sectors. This has been done in view of the adverse effects of asbestos on health. "Production, importation, distribution and sale of construction materials containing any type of asbestos is illegal," stated officials of the country's health ministry. However, asbestos can be used for other applications. In 2000, the country's housing and urban development ministry had stopped using asbestos products in its housing projects.
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