Date: February 3, 2020
Venue: IMC Building, Veer Nariman Road, Mumbai
Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi Based Think Tank and Advocacy group organized a workshop on Preparedness for BS VI in Maharashtra. The event was held in collaboration with the State Transport Department.
India is one of the very few nations to leapfrog to BS VI from the existing BS IV norms. The workshop was a stepping stone for the Transport Department to engage multiple stakeholders on the expected challenges fpor the rollout of BS VI in the state. The workshop was well attended by officers from over 38 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) of the state, along with officials from Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), BEST, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), MSRTC, Nagpur Gramin Seva, and the journalists from PTI and Hindustan Times. The committee of experts included Ms Anumita Roychowdhury (CSE), Satish Sahasrabuddhe (Additional Transport Commissioner, Maharashtra), A N Bhalchandra (Joint Transport Commissioner, Maharashtra), Anup Bandivadekar (ICCT), S S Thipse (ARAI), P. Sakthivel (IOCL) and Zubeen Garg (IOCL).
The additional transport commissioner also discussed the completed PUC audit in Mumbai, which was conducted by CSE and Transport Department. This is the first step towards getting Maharashtra to be BS VI ready.
Some of the key messages that were highlighted during the workshop were:
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