1. Workshop on Vehicular Pollution Control and Road Safety, Shimla
SIAM-SAFE in association with Transport Department, Government of Himachal Pradesh organised a Workshop in Vehicular Pollution Control and Road Safety on 6th and 7th August 2004 at Shimla. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr G S Bali, Hon’ble Minister of Transport, Government of Himachal Pradesh in the presence of senior officials from Transport (including Road Transport Corporation) and Environment department. Presentations were made by SIAM member companies and representatives from Indian Oil Corporation, Institute of Driving Training Research, ARAI, Himachal Pradesh Government & RITES.
2. Round Table and Awareness Programme on New Emission Norms, Hyderabad
SIAM in association with Transport Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh organised a Roundtable on Integrated approach to Vehicular Pollution on 14th October 2004 at Hotel Golkonda, Hyderabad. Mr Gonela, Transport Commissioner, Government of Andhra Pradesh chaired the open-house discussion and shared the action plan submitted by the Transport Department for the city. Mr Sandeep Tandon of USAID gave an overview of how the City of Hyderabad was selected for the Pilot Project on Networking of Computerised Pollution testing stations. SIAM and M/s AVL made a detailed presentation on networking system which has been developed and put in place in Hyderabad since January 2004. There was a panel discussion on the data collected so far from the networked seven centres. Mr CLN Gandhi, Jt. Transport Commissioner & Sec. Govt. of Andhra Pradesh chaired the discussion.
Further an awareness program on new In-Use Vehicle Emission Norms and demonstration of 4 Gas analyser and smoke metre was also conducted at RTA Khairatabad.
3. Round Table and Awareness Programme on New Emission Norms , Chennai
A similar Roundtable was organised in Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, Chennai in association with the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board and Transport Department, Government of Tamilnadu on 4th December 2004. A brief presentation on Action plan for Chennai City was given by Dr G S Thangaraj, Dy Director, TNPCB. An open house discussion on Issues of concern was chaired by Mr Neeraj Mittal, Jt Transport Commissioner, Transport Department, Government of Tamil Nadu.
An awareness program on new In-Use Vehicle Emission Norms and demonstration of 4 Gas analyser and smoke metre was also conducted at Chennai Trade Centre.
4. BAQ 2004
Clean Air Initiatives for Asia in association with SIAM and Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India organised the Better Air Quality 2004 from 6 – 8th December 2004. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr Namonarain Meena, Minister of State for Environment & Forest, Government of India. Nearly 130 oral presentations and 90 poster presentations were made during the workshop.
The deliberations made during BAQ 2004 are available online at
5. Meeting on Action Plan for Agra to reduce emission from vehicle sources , Agra
SIAM also organised an interactive meeting on Action Plan for Agra to reduce emission from vehicle sources on 7th December 2004. Officials from different departments of State Government and Central Government participated in the meeting. Mr Rajinder Singh Rana, Hon’ble Minister of Transport, Government of UP expressed that SIAM should organise similar meeting in Lucknow in future involving officials from different departments of the State Government to chart out action plan for key cities of UP.
6. Round Table discussion with member companies service heads, New Delhi
A meeting of SIAM Service Heads was held on 10th February 2005 in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Mr K N Krishnamurthy, President, SAFE. The members deliberated upon the following issues:
- In-Use Vehicle Emission Testing
- - Gasoline Vehicles – Lambda Measurement
- - Diesel Vehicles-Smoke Opacity Measurement
- Emission Warranty
- Fuel Adulteration
- Programme for Awareness on Road Safety and Emission Control
- Sales Tax on warranty replacements
7. Action Plan for Key cities of UP|
SIAM in association with Department of Transport, Government of Uttar Pradesh organized Round Table Meeting to discuss Action Plan for key cities of UP in order to improve the Transportation scenario in UP and looking at Investment Opportunities for the Automotive Industry in UP.
Mr Amar Singh, Chairman, UP Development Council; Mr Ambika Choudhary, Revenue Minister; Mr Naresh Aggarwal, Transport Minister and Mr Rajinder Singh Rana, Minister of State (Transport) from the Government of Uttar Pradesh were present during the meeting.
Mr Amar Singh invited the industry representatives to set up manufacturing units in Uttar Pradesh and informed that Government is taking all possible steps in creating a good business environment. He assured all help to entrepreneurs wanting to invest in the State’s Transport Sector.
Mr Naresh Aggarwal laid emphasis on the need for having uniform tax structure through out the country. He claimed that creation of an Urban Transport Corporation for the state’s major towns would bring revolution in the urban transport system. Presentations were made by SIAM on the “Status of Automobile Industry” and “Regulating Emissions and Safety in Vehicles”, ACMA on “Status of Auto Component Industry” and Prof Dinesh Mohan, Head, TRIPP, IIT Delhi on “ Modern Urban Transport Policies”.
8. Round Table Meeting with Government of NCT of Delhi
SIAM organised a round table meeting with Government of NCT of Delhi on 28th April.
2005 to share and address some of the issues of concern relating to automobile emission, safety and registration in Delhi. Presentations were made by Tata Motors, Maruti Udyog, Hero Honda and SIAM covering issues of Air Quality Management, Emission Technology, Certification of Vehicles, Lambda Measurement from Gasoline Vehicles and Road Safety. During the meeting the Transport Department sought SIAM’s intervention in raising the issue of authorising CNG/LPG kit retrofitters from respective vehicle manufacturers in order to have a closer control on authorised retrofitters. The Transport Department also clarified that new BS II vehicles manufactured before 31st March 2005 can be sold in Delhi till the declared stocks last.