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Gurgaon cracks down on PUC check centres

The move comes after three centres were found issuing fake pollution under-control (PUC) certificates a few weeks ago.

Written by Sandali Tiwari | Delhi | Published: January 13, 2016 2:30:08 am

In an attempt to crack down on vehicular pollution, the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) of Gurgaon district has decided not to renew the licences of those pollution check centres in the city that do not have proper equipment to check vehicular emissions.

The move comes after three centres were found issuing fake pollution under-control (PUC) certificates a few weeks ago.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon Vinay Pratap Singh had then directed the RTA and sub-divisional magistrates to inspect such centres.
The authority subsequently asked 132 pollution check centres in the district to either get the required equipment installed or face action. On December 28 last year, officials of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board ( HSPCB) , during a surprise inspection, had found that two centres at Rajeev Chowk and one at Jharsa Chowk did not have the requisite infrastructure.

The HSPCB, in its report to the RTA, said that though these centres had no equipment to check vehicular emissions, they continued to issue PUC certificates. “We have suspended licences of the three centres… Those centres, which do not have proper infrastructure for checking vehicle exhaust emission-based pollution, will be shut down,” said Bharat Bhushan, additional secretary, RTA.

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