New Delhi. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Saturday that petrol and diesel will not be made available at petrol pumps in the national capital from October 25 without PUC (Pollution Control Test) certificates. He said that a meeting of officials of Environment, Transport and Traffic Department was called on 29 September, in which a decision was taken to implement this scheme from 25 October.
Gopal Rai said in the press conference, ‘The smoke emitted from vehicles is a big contributor to the increase in the level of pollution in Delhi. It is necessary to reduce this, so it has been decided that from October 25, petrol, diesel will not be given at petrol pumps without the PUC certificate of the vehicle. He said that a notification in this regard would be issued soon and by the end of this week it would be clear how the scheme would be implemented.
According to the Transport Department of Delhi, as of July 2022, over 17 lakh vehicles, including 13 lakh two-wheelers and three lakh cars, were plying without valid PUC certificates. If a driver is not found to have a valid PUC certificate, he can be punished with imprisonment of either description for six months or a fine of Rs 10,000 or both, as per the Motor Vehicles Act.
Minister Gopal Rai said that all government departments have also been advised to get the PUC certificates of their vehicles checked. He told reporters, ‘On March 3, 2022, we issued a public notice seeking suggestions on the implementation of the ‘No PUC, No Fuel’ step. Suggestions were received on May 2 and many people were in favor of implementing this step, so the government is preparing to implement it from October 25.
Rai also said that the Delhi government will start a 24-hour control room from October 3 to tackle pollution and effectively implement the Revised Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). Under the revised GRAP, restrictions on polluting activities can be imposed up to three days in advance based on the weather forecast.
Gopal Rai said that an anti-dust campaign will also be started in Delhi from October 6, under which surprise inspection of construction sites will be done to check the pollution caused by dust. He said that one anti-smog gun would have to be installed in construction sites more than 5,000 square meters, two such guns for construction sites above 10,000 square meters and four for construction sites above 20,000 square meters to prevent dust pollution. Anti-smog gun will have to be installed. “If companies do not implement these measures at construction sites, strict action will be taken against them under anti-dust campaign,” Rai said.
Tags: air pollution in Delhi, Delhi pollution
FIRST PUBLISHED : October 01, 2022, 16:27 IST