Environment Ministry Supports Modernisation of Capital s Public Transport System

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for the National Capital Region, constituted under the Environment (Protection) Act has recommended that the Delhi Government should at least buy 10,000 buses with clean fuel such as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The buses would replace the existing fleet of outmoded and grossly polluting buses.

The Ministry of Environment & Forests has supported the need to refurbish the capital s public transport system without which it will not be possible to check the runaway growth of private vehicles. Delhi is the fourth most polluted city in the world because of high concentrations of air borne Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM). Vehicular exhaust has been shown to be the major source of air pollution, contributing as much as 70 per cent of the pollution load.

With nine CNG outlets already available and the expansion programme for having as many as 80 CNG outlets in different parts of the city, phased introduction of a fleet of CNG operated buses will be a significant step towards improvement of the public transport system. It will also help in the control of air pollution.

2T-Oil Order

New Delhi, December 31, 1998

G.S.R. 778(E). - Whereas with a view to protecting and improving the quality of the environment and preventing, controlling and abating environment pollution in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, it is expedient and necessary to take measures relating to the supply, distribution, buying and selling of 2-T Oil (lubricating oil);

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (2) of Section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986), the Central Government hereby makes the following Order, namely :

  1. Short title, extent and commencement :

    1. This Order may be called the 2-T Oil (Regulation of Supply and Distribution) Order, 1998.
    2. It extends to the whole of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
    3. It shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

  2. Definitions : In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires -

    1. "2-T Oil" means lubricating oil, meeting API-TC (American Petroleum Institute - TC) or JASO (Japanese Automobile Standards Organisation) specification, used in 2-stroke petrol driven vehicle engines;
    2. "Container" means a sealed package containing pre-packed 2-T oil in declared quantity;
    3. "Loose 2-T oil" means 2-T oil which is not contained in a sealed container;
    4. "National Capital Territory of Delhi" means the National Capital Territory of Delhi as defined in the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991 (1 of 1992).

  3. Restriction on sale and purchase of loose 2-T oil :

    1. No person shall sell or agree to sell or otherwise dispose off loose 2-T oil in a service garage for use in 2-stroke engine vehicle of any make.
    2. In petrol stations, 2-T oil shall be sold only pre-mixed with petrol through nozzle.

Provided that the above restriction shall not apply to the 2-stroke engine vehicles having a separate sump for 2-T oil provided by the manufacturer in containers for use in the engine of such vehicle through such sumps.