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Delhi Police Focus Their Efforts On Protecting Environment By Enforcing Pollution Laws

by Navyatha Sandiri
Protecting Environment

The Delhi Police Traffic Department Efforts On Protecting Environment has confiscated old diesel and gasoline vehicles and checked vehicles for valid pollution certificates (PUC). The department has dispatched teams to 13 pollution hotspots across the city to check pollution levels in those areas.

The Delhi Traffic Police have stepped up their crackdown on pollution violations, particularly those who still drive their old vehicles, and are deploying teams in 170 locations across the city. The enforcement plan is part of the Delhi government’s winter action plan against rising air pollution in the capital.

At a recent meeting to announce immediate action to deal with the city’s pollution crisis, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal instructed all affected departments, including transport, to enforce strict policies to reduce pollution.

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In the discussion, a top Delhi Traffic Police officer said, “We are already working on the winter action plan in our bid to limit pollution.”

The agency has started impounding outdated diesel and gasoline vehicles and inspecting them for legitimate pollution under control certificates (PUCs). The agency has deployed workers at three separate sites in each of the 170 specified areas across the traffic circles to examine whether a vehicle’s PUC is valid. Most of these locations are at gas stations, where vehicles can be easily inspected and drivers can be instructed to obtain PUC as soon as possible if they do not already have one.

In addition, teams have been stationed at 13 pollutions ‘hotspots’ throughout the city to monitor pollution levels and communicate information to higher levels so that appropriate action can be done.

The Delhi Transport Department began a large enforcement campaign in October against automobiles that do not have a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate. Drivers in the capital were asked to show the PUC document to teams stationed at several gas outlets.

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From January 1 to October 31, traffic department teams issued 59, 644 challans for PUC certificate violations and 1,201 challans for individuals driving vehicles that are 10 or 15 years old. During the same time span, the squads seized 855 automobiles that were 10 or 15 years old.

Action is also being taken against large vehicles, such as lorries, that are detected driving with uncovered construction material, resulting in a mixture of that material and air. During that time, at least 873 similar vehicles were challenged. Furthermore, such trucks that are not heading for Delhi are diverted from the borders to the outskirts of the city.