SIAM, Haryana ini­tia­tives on clean, safe roads

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So­ci­ety of In­dian Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers (SIAM), along with the Trans­port Depart­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Haryana, re­cently or­gan­ised an ori­en­ta­tion pro­gramme on Ve­hic­u­lar Tech­nolo­gies and In­spec­tion and Certification in Chandi­garh un­der the aegis of the En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion (Preven­tion & Con­trol) Author­ity (EPCA), formed by the Supreme Court of In­dia.

Naveen Soni, Pres­i­dent, SAFE, and Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Toy­ota Kir­loskar Mo­tors; Deepak Sawkar, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Maruti Suzuki In­dia, and ex­perts from Tata Mo­tors shared the new tech­nolo­gies that have been in­tro­duced in their ve­hi­cles to make them en­vi­ron­men­tally cleaner and safer. New tech­nolo­gies rang­ing from im­prove­ment in en­gine and emis­sion con­trol sys­tems for meet­ing BS-VI emis­sion reg­u­la­tions and in­tro­duc­ing new fea­tures for meet­ing crash reg­u­la­tions for cars, anti-lock brak­ing sys­tems, speed lim­it­ing func­tions, air bags, ve­hi­cle track­ing sys­tems, etc. are ex­pected to aug­ment the road trans­port mo­bil­ity in the coun­try.

KK Gandhi, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Tech­ni­cal, SIAM said, “The en­tire auto in­dus­try will man­u­fac­ture only BS-VI emis­sion-com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles from April 1, 2020, across the coun­try. He said com­men­su­rate avail­abil­ity of high qual­ity BS-VI petrol and diesel fuel is a pre-req­ui­site for such ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy ve­hi­cle.”

Vikas Gupta, Trans­port Com­mis­sioner, Gov­ern­ment of Haryana, in­formed that it is im­por­tant to have reg­u­lar interaction among of­fi­cials of Haryana in var­i­ous parts of the state, as about 5,000 peo­ple lost their lives last year, due to road ac­ci­dents in the State. He said Haryana Gov­ern­ment will set up clus­ters of In­spec­tion and Certification for fit­ness test of Com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. This is a part of the over­all Haryana Gov­ern­ments’ ini­tia­tive of “Vi­sion Zero” on road ac­ci­dents.

Chief Guest of the pro­gramme, Bhure Lal, Chair­man, EPCA, urged the au­thor­i­ties to look into the safety of pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists and also into proper in­fra­struc­ture de­sign­ing to improve the sen­si­tive zones which are prone to ac­ci­dents. Au­thor­i­ties should also lever­age new tech­nolo­gies, he said.

Bhure Lal said, “BS-VI tech­nol­ogy from April 2020 would make emis­sion per­for­mance of diesel at par with petrol ve­hi­cles.” He also urged the trans­port of­fi­cials of Haryana to do proper on-road in­spec­tion of ve­hi­cles to bring down the level of pol­lu­tion. “In the long run, we should work to­wards im­prov­ing the ef­fi­ciency of ve­hi­cles which will help in reducing global warm­ing po­ten­tial,” he said.

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