In order to check vehicular emission and contain pollution, soon, those without pollution under control (PUC) certificate will not be provided petrol and diesel at petrol pumps. This rule will come into effect on October 25 in the National Capital (Delhi). The decision was taken at a meeting of officials from the environment, transport and traffic departments on September 29 during which modalities and implementation of the plan were discussed.
“Vehicular emission is one of the key contributors to rising pollution in Delhi. It is imperative to reduce it so it has been decided that from October 25 petrol, diesel will not be provided at petrol pumps without PUC certificate of the vehicle,” said Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Saturday.
Rai said an anti-dust campaign will also be launched in Delhi from October 6 and surprise inspections will be conducted at construction sites to check dust pollution.
He said construction sites bigger than 5,000 sqm will have to deploy one anti-smog gun, those bigger than 10,000 sqm should have two such guns and sites bigger than 20,000 sqm will have to engage four anti-smog guns to combat dust pollution.
वाहन प्रदूषण को कम करने के लिए दिल्ली के सभी पेट्रोल पम्पों पर ईंधन (पेट्रोल/ डीजल) लेने के लिए आगामी 25 अक्टूबर से प्रदूषण जाँच प्रमाण पत्र (PUCC) अनिवार्य करने की तैयारी।
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He said that a notification in this regard will also be issued soon and the modalities of the plan will become clear in a week’s time.
Over 17 lakh vehicles, including 13 lakh two-wheelers and three lakh cars, were plying without valid PUC certificates till July 2022, as per Delhi Transport Department.
The minister said that all government departments have also been advised to get PUC certificates of their vehicles checked.
“On March 3, 2022, we issued a public notice inviting suggestions on the implementation of the move ‘No PUC, No fuel’.
Under the revised GRAP, curbs can be imposed on polluting activities for up to three days in advance based on forecasts.
(With PTI Inputs)