EPCA: PUC com­pli­ance must for all

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Supreme Cour­tap­pointed En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion (Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol) Author­ity (EPCA) on Mon­day asked au­thor­i­ties to make pub­lic ad­ver­tise­ments ask­ing peo­ple to get ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance and reg­u­lar pol­lu­tion un­der con­trol (PUC) checks.

“In­sur­ance is manda­tory, so is PUC. We need 100% in­sur­ance and 100% PUC com­pli­ance in Delhi-NCR. We will work closely with the in­sur­ance agen­cies’ bod­ies and make sure that there is good com­pli­ance in Delhi and NCR. Based on it, we can come up with pol­icy for the rest of the coun­try,” said Su­nita Narain, EPCA mem­ber.

The author­ity called a meet­ing on Mon­day to dis­cuss the move to en­sure 100% com­pli­ance by link­ing an­nual ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance with PUC cer­tifi­cates.

Ear­lier, Supreme Court — in its or­der dated Au­gust 10, 2017 — passed di­rec­tions pro­hibit­ing is­suance of ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance with­out valid PUC cer­tifi­cates and also or­dered in­tro­duc­tion of well-equipped mo­bile test cen­tres and a pro­gramme to check vis­i­bly pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles, be­sides en­force­ment of strin­gent penalty on PUC cen­tres for non­com­pli­ance and mal­prac­tices.

The EPCA on Mon­day said they will work with in­sur­ance bod­ies to en­sure com­plete com­pli­ance of the Supreme Court or­der of manda­tory link­ing of PUC cer­tifi­cate with is­sue of an­nual ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance. The in­sur­ance bod­ies said they will also start a pi­lot project in Delhi re­gion to iden­tify the set of ve­hi­cles that do not come back for reg­is­tra­tion of the PUC.

Mean­while, strong winds helped im­prove Delhi’s air qual­ity on Mon­day, with the air qual­ity in­dex (AQI) touch­ing 247, which falls in the ‘poor’ zone. This was the clean­est day of the year so far in terms of AQI.

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