In a move to crack down on air pollution, the Delhi government is in the process of levying fines on vehicles without a valid pollution-under-control (PUC) certificate. Senior officials said the government will first start an awareness drive so that citizens can check the polluting levels of their vehicles and take the necessary precautions.
“We have started awareness programmes so that people know they must have a valid PUC. We want to give people time to get their vehicles checked. But after that, we will start taking action. A challan will be issued to those who do not have a valid PUC. The first offence will carry a fine of Rs 1,000. The successive offence will carry a fine of Rs 2,000,” a senior government official told The Indian Express.
In the recently concluded Delhi Budget Session, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said vehicular pollution was the main cause of Delhi’s deteriorating air quality and announced a heavy penalty on diesel commercial vehicles entering the city.
The penalty would not be a one-time fee levied on vehicles, but would be on a per entry basis. Sisodia had said polluting trucks of different categories such as four, six, 10 and 14-wheeler vehicles would be penalised Rs 500, Rs 750, Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500 respectively. A fine of Rs 100 will also be levied on polluting tempos.
Transport minister Gopal Rai had also said that the government will monitor PUCs in real-time by connecting all the PUC data to a control room through a software. Around 650 PUC centres will be connected to the control room.
“Currently, we are upgrading our technology and also addressing some technical issues as the PUCs will have to be monitored in real time,” a senior official said. Once the emission data is uploaded to a central server, government officials said, the vehicular emission data will be monitored and a PUC will be issued to those vehicles whose pollution levels are within the limit.