Karnataka State Road and Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) have launched a “green” initiative, where citizens are asked to report buses that are causing pollution. Citizens of fifteen districts in Karnataka, including Bengaluru, are urged to call the BMTC helpline (1800-425-1663), and report buses that are seen to emit harmful pollutants.
As per a KSRTC official, three buses have been reported by citizens this year, who have been rewarded as well. As per BMTC officials, over 10 buses were reported last year. The drive has been launched this year to ensure that all buses emitting more than 65 Hartridge Smoke Units (HSU) will be immediately discontinued, and will be replaced by buses in accordance with the limitation set by the board. This joint initiative by KSRTC and BMTC to go green will also include an attempt to seek biofuel in order to replace the buses emitting carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and promethium, which have a negative impact on the environment.
BMTC aims to arrange 2,40,000 litres of biodiesel for BMTC buses, which will have 20 percent biodiesel starting this June. KSRTC, in addition to introducing 10 biodiesel buses last year, blended the fuel used in buses with 20 percent biodiesel. This was done during a trial period, the results of which were overwhelming. Replacing about 5000 litres of diesel with biodiesel for one month has not only prevented the emission of 7,650 kg of carbon dioxide but also hugely mitigated the pollution caused by promethium emission.
The Logical Indian community welcomes and appreciates this initiative of KSRTC and BMTC. This move will inspire people to report and help Karnataka in going green.