EPCA: PUC compliance must for all
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.