Karnataka government has banned two-stroke autorickshaws in Bangalore city from next month in order to cut noise and air pollution in India’s silicon valley.
The government has made this announcement at the state financial budget presented on Wednesday.
At the same time, the government has also said it would offer Rs 30,000 subsidy to autorickshaw drivers those who would like to buy new four-stroke LPG-driven auto rickshaws. The government has allocated Rs 30 crore which has been earmarked for the purpose.
Additional Commissioner for Transport H G Kumar said, ” there are 1.2 lakh registered autorickshaws in Bangalore city and about 12,000 are powered by two-stroke engines”.
Kumar said the auto drivers will have to get their vehicles scrapped and bring us the certificate for the same to avail the subsidy.
The move is seen as a fillip to the sale of LPG-driven autorickshaws as the state government has already made it mandatory that new autorickshaws be powered by LPG-driven, four-stroke engines.
It may be noted that the government’s decision came after the Karnataka High Court issued directions to the State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to control pollution levels in Bangalore.