The Delhi government’s decision to make pollution under control (PUC) certificates mandatory for refuelling has become a matter of concern for the traffic police. It has sent a list of suggestions to the government so that the move, set to begin from December 1, can be implemented without affecting the traffic situation in the capital.
The traffic police is concerned that if vehicles without certificates are stopped at petrol pumps, it will lead to massive queues at the pumps, that may spill over on carriageways and cause traffic snarls.
The suggestions sent by traffic police include increasing the number of PUC booths and setting them up at parking lots of malls and markets. “If motorists are stopped at petrol pumps and asked to get the PUC, it will cause a massive jam. If the government arranges for booths that are easily accessible, vehicles will not queue up in one place. The government can have a tie up with parking lots in markets and malls, where vehicles can get a pollution check done while entering or exiting the lot,” a police officer said.
Traffic police also suggested organising of camps in societies and colonies in association with residents’ welfare associations. At these camps, police said, residents can get the certificates.
According to sources, police have also asked for deployment of men to check PUC certificates from the Transport department.
Traffic police is also planning to start a special drive to prosecute vehicles which don’t have PUC certificates. The drive will be on in 11 traffic circles across the capital from December 1 and vehicles without PUC certificates will be prosecuted and challaned, police said.