While the Delhi government is determined to crackdown on pollution, the real-time monitoring of vehicles without Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates is expected to take off after a delay of a month as the transport department encountered glitches.
“We wanted to begin real-time monitoring of vehicles by July 15, by connecting all PUC centres to a common server. We have already begun linking them to the server. But the computers in some centres are old and their configurations will have to be changed before they can be linked. This will take some time and we will mostly start monitoring by mid-August,” a senior government official told The Indian Express. To spruce up its technology and get accurate data, a senior transport official they are working together with the Information Technology (IT) department to get all computers connected to the common server.
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Transport Minister Gopal Rai had said the government will monitor PUCs in real-time by connecting all the data to a control room through a software. Around 650 PUC centres will be connected to the control room.
Until real-time monitoring begins, Transport department officials have roped in 2,000 civil defence volunteers to create awareness among motorists to get their PUCs checked and renewed. The Delhi government is also in the process of initiating the levy of fines for vehicles without a valid PUC certificates.
According to government officials, a challan will be issued to vehicle owners without a valid PUC certificate. While Rs 1,000 will be levied for a first-time offence, Rs 2,000 will be levied for successive offences.
Euro-IV vehicles need to get their PUC check done annually while Euro-III or older vehicles need to get it checked every three months.
“For two-wheelers manufactured in 2008 or later, PUCs have to be renewed every year. For older vehicles, it has be renewed every three months,” a senior official said.