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Economic Policy Instruments for Controlling Vehicular Air Pollution

Publication date

Jan, 2000


Report submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.


Rita Pandey and Geetesh Bhardwaj


As trends in air pollution levels in most Indian cities reflect deterioration in air quality, there is a growing emphasis on finding and implementing methods and instruments that are more efficient in controlling air pollution than those which have already been tested and tried. The focus is on more innovative approaches, such as economic instruments based on 'pollution pays principle’ and command and control measures. This study assesses the feasibility of economic measures to prevent and control vehicular air pollution in Delhi. It estimates air pollution emissions of automobiles and suggests cost-effective measures to reduce vehicular emissions. The persistent and rigorous implementation of pollution control laws is also emphasised.

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