Through this intiative, the government is trying to keep as many heavy vehicles as possible off the city's roads in a bid to control air pollution.
As air pollution continues to be a considerable problem for the nation’s capital, authorities might have found a novel way of keeping the level of pollutants low. And it has to do with literally giving vehicles a “lift.”
The concept is called Green Transportation and its genius may lie in its simplicity. Through a method called Roll-on Roll-off (RORO), heavy commercial vehicles will be boarded onto flat wagons at beginning of the city limits and will be offloaded at the other end of the city.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu was at hand to flag off the pilot project, which will try to figure out if such a concept can be implemented in other regions too.
In May 2016, the railways had launched a similar RORO scheme in Bihar in a bid to control the pollution levels of the river Ganga.
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Speaking about the project to the Hindustan Times, an official part of the initiative said that the goal will be to begin small to assess feasibility. The newspaper quotes the official as saying, “The RORO service has been in operation on much longer routes in countries including the United States and Russia, but conditions in India are different. To begin with, we want to experiment on the shorter routes.”
Pollution in Delhi has been a herculean problem for its residents and it only seems to grow into a bigger threat to all forms of life by the day. In November 2016, the pollution levels had reached 16 times the safe limit, causing the city to come to a screeching halt for days. With public health at stake, the government is trying to come up with as many initiatives as possible to keep pollutants at bay and improve the quality of life.
Perhaps Green Transportation will be the beginning of a cleaner and a less polluted capital in the years to come.