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For cleaner Hyderabad -- 15-plus vehicles to be phased out

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After the drive of the Delhi Government to bring stiff norms for vehicles to check the growing pollution menace in the Capital, Hyderabad would now become the second city in the country to go in for such measures.

HYDERABAD, June 17

PHASING out of 15 year-old commercial vehicles and promotion of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as auto fuel and imposition of one time `Green Levy' are among major decisions approved by the Andhra Pradesh Government to check vehicular pollution in the State capital.

The State Cabinet, which met here on Monday, has approved the proposal for phasing out of 15-year-old two-wheelers, three-wheelers and commercial vehicles in the twin cities, the State Finance Minister, Mr Yenamala Ramakrishnudu, announced at a press conference.

In addition to these measures, as a disincentive for owners of old vehicles, the Government has decided to impose one time `Green levy' on 15-year-old vehicles, which go in for mandatory re-registration. However, the modalities of the proposed Green Levy were under preparation, Mr Ramakrishnudu said.

After the well-known drive of the Delhi Government to bring stiff norms for vehicles to check the growing pollution menace in the Capital, Hyderabad would now become the second city in the country to go in for such measures.

The Government had proposed to phase out 15-year-old vehicles by the year 2005. This will mean taking off about 2.80 lakh vehicles from the twin cities roads and this measure was expected to check air pollution, which will be down significantly, the Finance Minister said.

A Cabinet Sub-committee, which was constituted to study these measures, had recommeneded these measures which were approved by the Cabinet at a meeting presided over by the Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu.

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