PATNA: The state government in Bihar has banned plying of all diesel-run auto-rickshaws in Patna, alarmed at the worsening air quality in and around the state capital.
The Bihar cabinet which met on Wednesday took a decision to ban all autos running on diesel in Patna from January 2021. The cabinet meeting was chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar.
First all such auto-rickshaws will be banned in the Patna Municipal Corporation areas. The ban will soon extend to the areas falling under the Danapur Town Council and then to Phulwarisharif Town Council and Khagual Town Council, officials said.
“The objective behind this ban is to improve air quality and ensure a pollution-free traffic system,” Bihar transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal told the media on Wednesday.
The state cabinet also decided to ban plying of all 15-year-old commercial vehicles in Patna district.
A day earlier, the government had taken a slew of measure to curb pollution which included banning all 15-year-old government vehicles and stubble burning in farmlands, covering garbage while being transported to the dumping grounds and sprinkling water on the dusty roads.
The move comes after the air quality in Patna was found to be severe in the past one week.
On Tuesday, Patna recorded the worst air quality of the season with Air Quality Index reaching 423 points which were more than national capital Delhi.