Centralised pollution check for motorists
Next time the pollution under control (PUC) certificate of your vehicle nears its expiry, you might get an alert on your mobile or e-mail. If you fail to renew it in time, you may even get a “friendly warning” from the transport department. And if you still choose to ignore it, the enforcement officials may even come knocking at your doors.
Concerned about the motorists not following the quarterly regime of obtaining PUC certificate for their vehicles, the Delhi government’s transport department is working out a plan to maintain a centralised record of PUC certificates issued every day. Once the detail of a vehicle obtaining the PUC is entered in the system, the system will automatically be updated every time pollution check is done on the vehicle. The server will also start generating alert and warning messages.
As its pilot project, the transport department has decided to link 100 pollution checking centres with the central server. At present, Delhi’s 511 PUC centres function independently.
The department’s earlier proposal to sell petrol and diesel to only those vehicles having valid PUC certificates was not even considered by the government.
Transport department officials said out of about 55 lakh vehicles registered in Delhi, less than 25 per cent follow the law and get pollution checked at a regular basis. Senior transport department officials say the eventual aim is to link all the centres in a definite time frame and tighten the noose against perpetual defaulters.
“There is a special software which will maintain the record of every vehicle issued PUC certificate. We are also getting the hardware to connect the centres. The vehicle owner will also be asked to furnish contact details, including residential address and telephone number, while getting pollution check done on his vehicle,” said Transport Commissioner R.K. Verma.