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Vehicles not meeting emission standard contribute 31 per cent of air pollution in Kathmandu Valley


KATHMANDU: Vehicles operated without meeting emission test contribute to 31 per cent of air pollution in the Kathmandu Valley.
This information was shared at a programme organised to release a study report related to environment pollution and human rights and an interaction on Environment Bill-2075 organised by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at Lalitpur today.
Releasing the report, acting chair of the Commission, Prakash Osti said that although the government has formulated legal provisions and criteria to reduce pollution caused by vehicles and implemented it, the environmental pollution has been found increasing.
The Commission had carried out a study about the condition of environmental pollution and human rights in 15 districts including Kathmandu Valley, Nuwakot, Rupandehi, Dang, Banke, Kailali, Bardiya, Kanchanpur, Morang, Sunsari, Ilam and Dhanusha.
The report reads that the standards set by National Standard on Air Quality -2069 BS and Nepal Vehicle Mass Emission Standard-2069 BS have been found violated.
Similarly, although the Department of Transport Management has established test centre to check emission of vehicles at three places in Kathmandu Valley to reduce environmental pollution, only one has been found in operation.
There are now around 850,000 motorcycles and 250,000 other vehicles in Kathmandu Valley. Commission Section officer Kiran Kumar Balam said that the report mentioned that vehicles of more than 20 years are the main cause behind environmental pollution.

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