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Exhaust filters for KSRTC buses soon

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BANGALORE, JUNE 5. The State Road Transport Corporations will shortly use a new filter to reduce the suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the exhaust from buses, V. Madhu, Managing Director, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), has said.

Mr. Madhu told presspersons here today that the KSRTC and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses would be equipped with "diesel particulate filters."

These 10-micron filters, developed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), reduce emission of particulate matter. The carbon trapped by the filters could be used for making pencil lead, among other things, he said.

The filters were tested on five buses, which ran for almost 70,000 km over a period of four years.

"We have called tenders for designing the equipment. The equipment will be initially used in 100 buses and later on 13,000 buses," he said.

Inaugurating a round-table on "Sustainable development in transport: energy and environment," Mr. Madhu said the KSRTC would slowly reduce the consumption of diesel by using bio-fuel.

"The use of a mixture of 10 per cent `honge' oil and 90 per cent diesel showed less particulate emission. There is also reduction in the running cost from Rs. 4.86 a km to Rs. 4.50 a km. We are using vacant lands of our corporations to plant honge," he said.

The KSRTC is also going in for the construction of rainwater harvesting structures.

These structures will collect the run-off from the ground and also from roofs. These structures are being put up at the new Divisional Workshop on Kengal Hanumanthaiya Road and the renovated Majestic Bus Stand in Bangalore, and also at Kunigal, Davangere and Mysore.

The KSRTC is conducting a study to reducing the noise level in the bus stations.

"Being a major contributor towards the pollution of the environment, these are some of the measures taken by us to protect it," he said.

Upendra Tripathi, Managing Director of BMTC, spoke about measures taken to keep the environment around their offices and bus depots clean.

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