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CSE demands public consultation on fuel economy standards for cars to guard against weak standards pushed by the car industry

  • Car industry is trying to maintain a near status quo until 2015 and then improve marginally in 2020. Any laxity can seriously jeopardize energy security and climate mitigation plans

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Delay in announcing and implementing the fuel economy standards can seriously jeopardize energy security especially given the unprecedented growth in car sales.

CSE welcomes Delhi government’s move to make diesel cars dearer

Decision will cut toxic risk from diesel cars and protect public health

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Decision will cut toxic risk from diesel cars and protect public health. The Delhi government has maintained the momentum and evoked the ‘polluter pays’ principle to directly disincentivise diesel cars to protect public health.

Kolkata City Dialogue on Air Quality and Transportation Challenge: An Agenda For Action

A Briefing Note

Serious concern over worsening air quality and traffic congestion in Kolkata Ongoing action must gather momentum, says CSE

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A Briefing Note
Serious concern over worsening air quality and traffic congestion in Kolkata Ongoing action must gather momentum, says CSE

Dhaka – Delhi: Greasy tale of fuel pricing

It was a proud moment and a powerful statement when Dhaka rolled out a bedecked iconic cycle rickshaw on the opening day of the World Cup cricket. This is perhaps the only capital city in our region that can boast of zero emission areas with majority walking or on cycle rickshaws. Yet cars, only 10 per cent of all wheeled trips, bring this city to a grinding halt daily – traffic jams are as bad as we see in the worst of times in Delhi. Jam-struck on Dhaka’s roads, I understood, what warped fuel pricing can do to our cities of South Asia, and, wondered why our finance minister has not figured that out yet?

Monographs on vehicular pollution and mobility issues

  • Footfalls: Obstacle Course to Livable Cities (.pdf)
  • Choc-A-Block: Parking Measures to Address Mobility Crisis (.pdf)
  • Avert the great guzzle: Fuel Economy Regulations: Setting the Principles Right (.pdf)
  • Fuel adulteration report (.pdf)

Dirty air and kitchen politics

Our Moms and Grannies will rebel. They have just about upgraded their kitchens from smoky chulhas to clean lpg burners. 

Snakes and ladder on diesel taxes

It was our usual pre-budget musings -- Will you… Wont you…. free up the prices of transport fuels, or make diesel cars pay the same lifetime fuel excise as petrol cars.

Why authorize it?

If it’s broken, don’t fix it. That’s the new motto of the government: forget it and build another. Do not sort out details. I am talking of what the government believes will form the spine of regulation in future.

The flavour of the day is ‘authorities’: separate, independent institutions not bound by departmental morass, not tied down by procedures or personnel—the bane supposedly of any implementation or regulatory initiative. I think it is time to review this gelato of current governance.

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