The traffic police will continue its crackdown on diesel vehicles entering the city at night.
The drive started after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung issues a slew of instructions to reduce alarming levels of pollution in Delhi.
The traffic police conducts drives to fine polluting vehicles within and at the city borders.
“Delhi cannot be viewed in isolation because lakhs of vehicles enter the city from other states where pollution control norms are not strict. If we are able to control these vehicles at the entry points itself, we will be able to bring down pollution levels considerably,” a senior traffic official said.
Starting Sunday, teams will be deployed at entry points to check pollution under control (PUC) certificates of diesel vehicles. In heavy vehicles apart from visible emissions, weight and maintenance will also be checked.
Sources said overnight drives will be conducted through the week at various entry points.
In a meeting organised by the L-G to review steps taken to control pollution, special commissioner of police (traffic), Ajay Kashyap, said 58,209 vehicles had been checked at the borders in the last week itself. Out of these, 11,585 non-destined vehicles were turned back.
The report submitted before the L-G reads that apart from these, 6,962 vehicles have been challaned for not carrying PUC certificates and 92 vehicles were pulled up for carrying uncovered construction material.
“Seventy one diesel vehicles older than 15 years were impounded,” Kashyap confirmed.
He said constant checks and inspections by all the government agencies through the month of December ensured the levels of pollution remained under control, especially after almost a week of ‘severe’ levels seen in early November.
On Saturday, the pollution levels in the city did not see much alteration. The air quality index recorded by ministry of earth science’s System of System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) was 317, which is considered ‘very poor’.