Environment Minister Gopal Rai said today that vehicle owners will not be able to refuel at petrol pumping stations in Delhi without a valid pollution certificate under control.
The decision was made at a meeting of officials from the environment, traffic and transportation departments on September 29, during which the modalities and implementation of the plan were discussed, he said.
Mr. Rai said: “Vehicle emissions are one of the main factors contributing to the increase in pollution in Delhi. It is urgent to reduce it, so from October 25, petrol, diesel will be are not provided at petrol stations without the vehicle’s PUC certificate”. said in a press conference.
He said that an announcement on the matter will also be issued soon and the modalities of the plan will become clear in a week’s time.
According to the Delhi Department of Transport, more than 170,000 vehicles, including 130,000 two-wheelers and 30,000 cars, are being driven without a valid PUC certificate until July 2022.
If caught without a valid PUC certificate, vehicle owners can face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or both under the Motor Vehicles Act.
The minister said that all government agencies have also been advised to check PUC certificates for their vehicles.
“On March 3, 2022, we issued a public notice inviting proposals for a ‘No PUC, No Fuel’ move.
Mr. Rai told reporters: “On May 2, proposals were received and many people supported the implementation of this move. So the government is preparing to implement it from October 25. “.
He also said the Delhi government will launch a 24×7 war room on October 3 to combat pollution and ensure effective and rigorous implementation of the revised Response Action Plan (GRAP) – a set of Measures against air pollution are taken in the national capital and its vicinity depending on the severity of the situation.
Under the revised GRAP, restrictive measures can be imposed on polluting activities up to three days in advance based on forecasts.
Previously, authorities would only take measures after PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations hit specific thresholds.
This time, the restrictions will be based on Air Quality Index (AQI) values rather than PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations.
Mr. Rai said a dust-proof campaign will also be launched in Delhi from October 6 and unscheduled inspections will be conducted at construction sites to check for dust pollution.
He said construction sites larger than 5,000 square meters will have to deploy one smoke gun, sites larger than 10,000 square meters must have two such guns and sites larger than 20,000 square meters will have to use four smoke guns. to combat dust pollution.
“If these measures are not followed by the companies at the construction sites, then severe action will be taken against them in the anti-dust campaign,” Rai said.
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