Air Pollution

Steps needed to curb pollution or people will fall sick, says Supreme Court


Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: CPCB, OBD scanners

Mains level: Rising problem of air pollution

Tackle air pollution

  1. The Supreme Court said that all steps were required to be taken to tackle air pollution otherwise the government health programmes would “completely go haywire”
  2. People will fall sick since 13 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India

Issue of ban on import of pet coke

  1. Government told the SC bench that there was deficit in availability of pet coke domestically and consultation was going on with Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) over this
  2. The use of pet coke may be allowed in calcium carbide-based industries as per the recommendations of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

Making use of OBD scanners compulsory

  1. Issue whether onboard diagnostic (OBD) scanners could be made compulsory for vehicle pollution test centres in grade A cities like Delhi would be considered separately
  2. OBD is an automotive term referring to a vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting capability
  3. OBD II is designed to inform a car owner about any malfunction, including problems with brake or with the emission control system

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