Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai has said that very soon it will be mandatory to carry a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate for refueling your car. In case if you do not have a valid PUC certificate you will have to get it reissued at petrol pump.
Pollution Under Control certificate is a document issued by registered PUC centers to check vehicular tailpipe emissions in cars.
He said, “This is a very ambitious policy being brought by our government. North India including Delhi faces grave air pollution particularly in winter, with this policy; vehicles will be mandated to have their PUC certificate with them at the fueling station.”
Gopal Rai added, “Thus, pollution levels of every single vehicle in the state will be kept in check from time to time. The policy will effectively help us ensure that polluting vehicles do not ply in Delhi and residents can enjoy cleaner air.”
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A public draft will be issued to take opinion of public in this regard.
Advisor to Environment Minister Reena Gupta said, “The Delhi Government has taken yet another revolutionary step to link valid PUC certificates and fuel purchase. This affirms the commitment of the chief minister Arvind Kejriwal government towards ensuring clean air for all citizens of Delhi.”
Currently Delhi has 966 PUC Centers spread strategically over 10 zones. These centers play an important role in monitoring vehicular pollution and check whether vehicles are emitting under values determined by guidelines.
The press release by Gopal Rai also said that Pollution Level Test Inspectors will also make random checks of cars to make sure that PUC Centers are issuing an accurate certificate.
It further said, “As per department experience, PUCC enforcement is highly effective when conducted at fuel stations, thus it has been proposed to make PUC certification mandatory for refueling of vehicles at Petrol Pumps in Delhi in view of the importance of non-polluting vehicles on road amidst the poor air quality levels of Delhi.”
Delhi government has been active in taking Technical and Non-Technical measures to control vehicular pollution in the city.