Stringent action will be taken against those vehicle owners who do not possess a valid PUC certificate.
If you live in Delhi, this news is quite important for you. As the winter season approaches, the threat of pollution has increased significantly. In response, the Delhi Transport Department is taking a significant initiative to curb the pollution emitted from vehicles. This year, they are deploying bike patrolling teams for this purpose.
New Delhi: With the onset of winter in Delhi, the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) for pollution control has been implemented. The primary responsibility for curbing pollution caused by vehicle emissions falls on the Delhi government’s transport department. Special attention is being given to pollution checks to ensure that no vehicle on Delhi’s roads operates without a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate. In this direction, the transport department is introducing bike patrolling teams this year. These teams will visit different petrol pumps across the capital city and conduct thorough checks on vehicles coming for refueling, verifying their PUC certificates. Stringent action will be taken against those vehicle owners who do not possess a valid PUC certificate.
The main reason for deploying these mobile teams is that this year, civilian volunteers and home guards will not be stationed for PUC certificate checks at petrol pumps. Given this situation, the transport department is making the best use of limited resources and manpower in the enforcement branch to ensure compliance with pollution norms.
Officials have explained that in the past, permanent teams were deployed at petrol pumps for PUC checks, making people aware, and those without valid PUCs would avoid those pumps and go to others. This way, the element of surprise was lost. But now, bike patrolling teams will suddenly reach any petrol pump and initiate inspections. This will make it easier to catch violators of PUC rules. These teams will work in different shifts throughout the day.
According to senior officials from the transport department, last year, 36 new bikes were purchased for the enforcement unit. Initially, these bikes were used only for enforcement duties related to lane discipline. Besides, these bikes were also used for various other enforcement tasks. However, this year, they will be used for pollution control measures as well. Under the supervision of the enforcement wing, 30 motorcycle teams have been formed for meticulous inspection at petrol pumps and PUC checks. Each bike will carry two members. These pilot teams will visit different petrol pumps in different areas at different times daily and carry out PUC inspections there.