Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai, while announcing the PUC rule for every vehicle in Delhi, said he has asked his officers to ensure compliance of the rules at petrol pumps.
To control winter pollution, the Delhi government has decided to strictly check vehicles for pollution in the national capital. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dispensation declared on Saturday that no vehicle will get the fuel if the rider isn’t carrying the Pollution Control Certificate (PUC) from October 25 onwards.
Delhi Environment Minister, Gopal Rai, while announcing the PUC rule for every vehicle in Delhi, said he has asked his officers to ensure compliance of the rules at petrol pumps.
“The notification about this direction will be issued by the transport department soon. I request everyone to check the pollution of the vehicle and get the stipulated certificate issued from our centres. There are around 900 PUC centers in Delhi,” he said
With the announcement of mandatory PUC for fuel, the rush at the PUC centers is likely to increase. As per the Motor Vehicle Act, the government can impose a fine of Rs 1,000 if a rider is without the PUC on the first instance. The challan amount can go up to Rs 10,000.
Rai also highlighted Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s 15 point action plan to curb pollution in Delhi. “The winter action plan has been made in collaboration with 30 departments of centre and state governments. With the efforts of the government, we have managed to curb the pollution by 18 per cent in comparison to 2017-18,” he informed.
The three-time Babarpur MLA said the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will also be implemented soon depending on the quality of the air. The GRAP was first put forth by the Union Environment Ministry in 2017 to fight air pollution.
On Friday, the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had said: “We often see that pollution rises when the winter sets in. The two-crore plus population and our government have worked very hard to reduce the air pollution in Delhi over the last several years. As a result, a report by the NCAP (National Clean Air Programme) highlights that the pollution in the city has reduced significantly in 2021-22 as compared to four years ago.”
He further declared an anti-dust campaign will be launched from October 5 and a total of 586 teams will be deployed to inspect the sites. 233 anti-smog guns, 80 road sweeping machines and 150 mobile anti-smog guns will also be installed in the city.
Talking about vehicular pollution, Kejriwal announced that the pollution under control (PUC) certificate for the vehicles will be mandatory. At least 380 teams will be deployed for checking vehicles and challans will be issued if anyone is found without these certificates.
The Delhi CM also stressed that the ban on crackers will continue like every year. Production and purchase of crackers will be restricted and over 200 teams will oversee this.