How Green are Electric Vehicles?

No very, when you consider the source of their power and their hazardous components, reports Jaskiran Singh The prospects of the electric vehicles’ (EV) market look very rosy right now. Mumbai-based investment-bank Avendus estimates that India’s EV market could be valued at Rs. 50,000 crores by 2025. And why shouldn’t it? The perils of using […]

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Carnage in the Name of Beauty

Trees hold the key to controlling pollution and protecting human health, says Nidhi Kajaria Indiscriminate tree felling for infrastructural development has become a major source of environmental stress in India. According to data released by the union ministry of environment, forests and climate change, between April 2016 and March 2019 as many as 76,72,337 trees […]

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Shahpur’s brick kilns choke workers, make soil infertile

No unit has certification on pollution Soppamma D, a brick kiln worker in Shahpur, coughed continuously as she added water to mud clay and poured it into a stencil to make rectangular clay bricks. Her husband picked up the dried ones stacked them, and fired them using coal. This is the daily routine for the […]

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With police not asking, owners of vehicles don’t get PUC renewed

Despite Bengaluru having a high pollution level during peak hours, vehicular emissions have gone unchecked. Though it is mandatory, many owners of private vehicles have not renewed their pollution under control certificates. Saran K, a resident of Marathahalli, informed The Observer: “PUC (pollution under control) certificates are compulsory like insurance certificates, but not many have them because […]

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Untreated sewage is slowly killing Puttenahalli lake

Residents complain of foul smell and mosquito menace; Officials blame the slum-dwellers By Tamanna Yasmin Untreated sewage is being released into Puttenahalli lake in JP Nagar 7th phase. Residents say that despite several complaints, BBMP has done nothing to stop it. Poorna Chandra, a resident of Bank of Baroda Layout which is near the lake, […]

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Autos with 2-stroke engines still run in Bengaluru

Though the Karnataka government proposes to ban two-stroke engines, autorickshaws and motorcycles fitted with these engines continue to ply in Bengaluru. Autorickshaw drivers say they are unaware of the proposed ban and the pollution caused by two-stroke engines. Nagaraj Kumar, the driver of an autorickshaw with a two-stroke engine, informed The Observer: “I am not […]

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Traffic cops shun the government’s anti-pollution masks

They claim that they are not good and buy their own masks to protect themselves from dust and pollution. Despite high levels of air pollution, traffic constables in Bengaluru do not wear government-provided masks, saying they are not of good quality. “The mask that the government provided is not good. Many of us prefer to […]

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