As cars go up in flames at regular intervals in the Capital, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority has asked vehicle technology experts to study the cases and come out with effective solutions.
The experts, led by H.B. Mathur, a former IIT, Delhi, professor, will submit their report on the fire incidents in a month’s time to EPCA, the pollution-monitoring arm of the Supreme Court.
“We have asked the auto technical experts to submit a report about the recent incidents of petrol cars that have automatically caught fire and killed several people,” chairman of EPCA Bhure Lal said.
The experts will study the phenomenon in its totality and submit their report to the apex court, Lal said.
“The EPCA will appeal to the court to give directions based on the recommendations made by the experts,” he said.
Mathur said, “A technical defect in manufacturing may be leading to such incidents. But I would not comment before I complete a thorough analysis.”
However, he discounted the theory that the incidents were taking place because of improper maintenance of vehicles.
“Most of the cars that caught fire were newly purchased and poor maintenance could not have led to such incidents,” Mathur said.
The automobile technology expert had also chaired the expert committee constituted to study fire incidents in CNG vehicles.
In the last one month, at least five cars have caught fire in the Capital. A Maruti car was completely charred when it caught fire on 31 January in a parking area in Shakti Nagar, when its driver tried to start the vehicle.
On 19 January, a 40-year-old businessman Shammi Kapoor was charred to death when he was trapped inside his car, which went up in flames in West Delhi’s Moti Nagar area.
A bureaucrat in the ministry of external affairs and his family had a miraculous escape when their car caught fire near India Gate on 13 January.
An Ambassador car caught fire on Bhairon Road near Pragati Maidan on 9 January. The driver of the car managed to get out of the vehicle only just in time.